England batsman Haseeb Hameed meets pupils from local schools
Lancashire and England opener Haseeb Hameed took time out of his busy training schedule in January to meet pupils from local schools as part of the Lord’s Taverners ‘Wicketz’ programme.
Students from Cedar Mount Academy in Gorton, Lostock College in Stretford and Oasis Media City:UK in Salford spent an enjoyable afternoon at Emirates Old Trafford last week, where they learnt some of the skills required to play cricket before putting them to good use.
Lancashire’s opening batsman, who will be heading over to the West Indies for the England Lions tour over the next month, took time to take some photos with the children as well as talking to them about his cricket career.
The afternoon was organised by the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, who are delivering Wicketz in Greater Manchester. The programme aims to engage young people who live in communities with few opportunities to play the game regularly and use the power of the sport to change lives.
Amelia from Lostock College helping Kayti from Cedar Mount to practise her batting technique
Howard Shore from Lancashire Cricket Foundation said, “The emphasis of today was on enjoyment and it was great to see students from different parts of Greater Manchester interacting, working as a team and developing friendships, even if only briefly.
“Those taking part had little or no prior experience of playing cricket and all left keen to play more. On top of that, they were excited at the prospect of returning to the ground during the season to see Lancashire players in action.”
All of the prior planning and organisation, and the delivery of the event, was undertaken by students on Myerscough College’s cricket course, who are based at Emirates Old Trafford, giving them a true, practical appreciation of what is required to run such activities.
Vicky Bent from Oasis Media City:UK commented, “Over the last two months, there’s been a great improvement in the attitude and behaviour of those we have brought today right across school.
“It was great that the children could meet an England and Lancashire cricketer in Haseeb Hameed. Coming here has been a great reward for them and it gives them a chance to feel valued in a way they often don’t.”
Lancashire Cricket Foundation are delivering Wicketz three areas of Greater Manchester on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. It is one of 14 Wicketz projects across the country.