CRICKET - Warwickshire launch new cricket charity - The Leamington Observer

CRICKET - Warwickshire launch new cricket charity

Leamington Editorial 1st Mar, 2024 Updated: 1st Mar, 2024   0

WARWICKSHIRE CCC have launched a new charity – the Warwickshire Cricket Foundation – to help underpin a pledge across the county to support recreational cricket and inspire everyone to take up the game.

The Warwickshire Cricket Foundation aims to develop recreational cricket across the region – helping clubs be more sustainable and inclusive – champion jobs and training opportunities in sport, and increase participation among state educated children.

The school’s programme expanded in 2023 – its coaches reached 32,000 school pupils in Birmingham and Warwickshire – as it strives to inspire a new generation of cricket fans and players.

Activity ranges from weekly sessions during half-terms, to one-off cricket days, and focused activity in schools where more than 40 per cent of pupils qualify for free school meals.

The Warwickshire Cricket Foundation has been created following a merger of the Edgbaston Foundation and Warwickshire Cricket Board.

Director of Warwickshire Cricket Foundation, Fidelis Navas, said: “Our ethos is ‘cricket without limits’.

“We want to remove any limitations or barriers to access cricket, be it where you work or volunteer, or the sport you play; it should be loved by everyone. I want the Foundation to be at the forefront of using cricket for good.

“Expanding cricket participation among women and girls is also a key focus for the Foundation and we’ll continue to support recreational clubs to set up and run women and girls sections as well as setting up community hubs throughout the county.

“Achieving charity status is important as it will help us access additional funding streams, while we also have some exciting fundraising activities planned.”

The first of those fundraising events sees the Foundation officially launched on Friday (March 1) with a cricket festival at Edgbaston Stadium.

The festival will include players from Warwickshire’s Disability Access team who will be helping coach students from a local Special Educational Needs college.

And the festival forms part of the Access team’s Foundation-funded training to become qualified cricket coaches and to strengthen their leadership and communication skills.

Bears players, women’s groups, match day volunteers, players from a local cricket club and pupils from two primary schools will also take part in the festival.

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