The Lord's Taverners Wicketz programme has been shortlisted at the 2018 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs).
Wicketz is a community cricket programme that supports young people aged between eight and 16 years old who are living in areas of high deprivation. It focuses on social cohesion and developing crucial life skills. Nearly 600 young people attend sessions regularly across 14 locations up and down the UK.
The programme has been nominated for the Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award at the prestigious ceremony which is organised each year by Sporting Equals. It takes place on March 24 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, told ConnectSport: "Being shortlisted as a finalist for such a prestigious award highlights just how far the Wicketz programme has come in such a short period.
"Communities at each of the programme’s 14 locations are benefitting every week from all the good things participating in sport can do for young people, while the added value of other local organisations such as the police educating participants and preparing them for future life is of immeasurable value.”
Sporting Equals' mission is to make a sustainable difference to the inclusion of all under-represented communities in sport and physical activity, so as to improve the long-term opportunities and health outcomes of those communities. The organisation aims to promote sport and its wider benefits to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Read more about the BEDSA awards here.