There are a number of different outreach projects taking place within Middlesex, including Chance to Shine Street and Taverners City Cup...
Chance to Shine Street
Chance to Shine Street is bringing cricket to thousands of young people in inner-city areas. It uses the game to promote social cohesion and create opportunities in diverse communities affected by anti-social behavior and youth crime.
We feel that every child, no matter where they live, should have the opportunity to enjoy cricket. Chance to Shine Street is a counter for a lack of clubs and green spaces in inner-city areas and aims to make cricket accessible to young people throughout the country.
During the sessions young people play a fast-paced version of tape-ball cricket, using a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape. Each innings lasts for 20 balls and games last for just 20 minutes. It needs very little cricket equipment and is ideal for inner-city venues.
Chance to Shine Street, formerly known as StreetChance, launched in 2008 to bring cricket to children in inner-city areas in London. In 2011/12, the programme was expanded to six more cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Dewsbury, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester.
It has now reached over 38,000 youngsters since 2008 and is taking cricket to new people in new areas that would otherwise miss out on the chance to play. 85% of participants since 2008 were not members of cricket clubs.
In 2012, the charity received a £1 million National Lottery grant from Sport England, which has allowed us to create sessions and run a national cricket league for 16-24 year olds.
Borough contacts for Chance to Shine Street sessions
Below are the boroughs and the contact details of the coaches that run Chance to Shine Street sessions.
- Hounslow – Karl Sylvester – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hounslow Girls – Sara Begg - email@example.com
- Brent – Karl Sylvester - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea - email@example.com
- Hackney – Soyfur Rahman – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tower Hamlets – email@example.com
- Camden – Shakeel Ahmed – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Westminster - email@example.com
- Islington – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Islington Girls – email@example.com
- Haringey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Taverners City Cup
The Lord’s Taverners City Cup’s aims to engage with young people living in inner cities throughout England, helping to retain young players who might otherwise been lost to the game due to access or financial barriers or being late developers and therefore missing out on traditional performance pathways.
This competition offers an alternative pathway for young people with talent from inner city areas to access performance cricket via the MCC Young Crickets Programme.
CRITERIA FOR THE LORD’S TAVERNERS CITY CUP
• You must be aged between 16 and 24 years old
• You must not currently play in the Middlesex County Cricket League (Division1)
• You must live or play in Middlesex
Trial and 2015 fixture dates will be published here on the 1st April 2015.
'BY THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY'
The Panthers Communities Project is designed to identify, train and develop local people to deliver and facilitate quality coaching and match play opportunities for their communities. Insight gained from the Junior Panther Programme (2011) has highlighted the need to identify role models and coaches from the communities in which the activity is targeted. This helps to breakdown cultural barriers, increase channels of communication and raise confidence for participants.
This project will target seventeen London Borough’s which form the County of Middlesex. The Middlesex Cricket Board (MCB) will use cricket as a vehicle to increase social cohesion between a cross section of communities in each Borough. Recent feedback from community leaders has indicated that sport has the ability to breakdown perceived ‘post code barriers’. Cricket is being used to bring young people together from different estates to play, rather than fight! Competitive opportunities are key to this success; facilitated sessions where young people can represent their communities against neighbouring wards has promoted team spirit, fair play and mutual respect which is being transferred to off field interaction.
- To identify and train 16 borough residents to achieve a Coach Support Worker award, Safeguarding Young Cricketers certification and First Aid training.
- To deploy the successful Coach Support Workers to assist at local community participation sessions to achieve a minimum of 20 hours applied coaching experience.
- To identify and train 8 candidates from each Borough to achieve a Level 2 certification in cricket coaching for young people.
- To implement new community participation sessions led by the newly qualified Level 2 coaches, in order to grow cricket participation opportunities in their communities.
- To increase the number of local competitive match-play opportunities via low cost innovative formats.
Traineeships, Apprenticeships & Leadership Courses
Middlesex Cricket is delighted to announce the launch of an annual Traineeship programme. Middlesex Traineeships are offered to 16 – 24 year olds and provides work placements via an intensive eight week period. This placement period includes integrated technical training, further education support and provides important work place experience.
The Trainees are offered two programme pathways, Activity Leadership, which provides technical qualifications for event management and coaching or Business Admin, which offers applied practice to sports development monitoring systems and processes.
The inaugural cohort of Trainees for 2014 consisted of one Business Admin candidate, Hayley Campbell and three Activity Leadership candidates; Arshaan Dhanji, Mason Noel & Rea Mistry. Here the Trainees share their thoughts on their experience as a Middlesex Trainee.
"I really enjoy the business aspect of work and want to develop my skills in a different field. I want to push myself and get out of my comfort zone and try a new industry. So far I have really enjoyed the workshops on CV writing and interview skills. However, the most exciting part was getting to work at Lords for the day and meeting the Indian Cricket Captain!"
"I entered into the MCB traineeship programme as a way to increase my skills and gain more knowledge on cricket development and coaching in general. I think this programme has enabled me to grow in confidence and has given me more information on how to safely and effectively coach children. I have especially enjoyed our many trips to Lord's and having the chance to run skills challenges on the nursery ground; it made me think on the spot and also due to the wide range of capabilities on the day I had to think of ways to adapt the sessions.”
Throughout this MCB traineeship I’ve enjoyed being a part of the StreetChance programme as well as going to Lords; these experiences have helped me develop my communication skills with many different people throughout the County."
"My time with the Middlesex Cricket Board has been amazing! The coaches and staff were great fun to work with and to learn from. One of the highlights of this experience was working at Lords where I got the opportunity to interact with children involved with the Chance to Shine programme. I have learnt about many different aspects of cricket and workplace demands. Overall the traineeship has been immensely enjoyable and very educational."
The programme is delivered in partnership with Icon Training. Icon Training is an established market leader, providing high quality, pioneering and visionary training within the leisure industry; their passion is providing quality training to ensure high standards within the sector. Icon tutors have guided learners through the traineeship process and given them the skills they require to be able to gain employment in an industry they are passionate about. Icon Training tutor Daniel Boniface said:
“We are delighted to be working alongside the Middlesex Cricket and have already seen some major success from the first traineeship cohort. The next phase is already in place to recruit Apprentices for Middlesex Cricket, providing more young people with the opportunity to work in London and develop a career within a great industry.”
At the end of the placement period, the MCB Trainees were offered support to progress to further education courses, employment or apprenticeships with Middlesex Cricket.
The MCB Apprenticeships Programme is a one year placement in Activity Leadership or Business Administration, with both syllabuses’ supporting the operations of the MCB Development Team.
The first cohort of the MCB Apprenticeship scheme started on 1 November 2014 and we are pleased to welcome Mason Noel, Arshaan Dhanji, Alex Hughes and Muhammed Fahad to the Middlesex family as our new Apprentices.