The Wicketz programme is continuing to develop key life skills beyond cricket for young people in Bristol where opportunities are harder to come by, despite the current restrictions due to the pandemic.
Online workshops focusing on mental health and healthy living have taken place and more recently, we’ve seen young people take part in Q&As with professional cricketers Adam Finch and Ben Slater. Physical activities such as kick-boxing and cricket drills have been keeping participants fit and healthy from the safety of their own homes.
Recently, participants from Bristol took part in an online healthy eating workshop delivered by Jane Rogers from JumpStart Food and Fitness, where they learned to cook their own healthy takeaway-style chicken. As well as picking up tips around the kitchen and learning about good nutrition, they took part in a range of exercises to keep active while dinner was in the oven.
Wicketz Development Officer, Sam Emmott, said…
“At a time where regular weekly activity has been suspended, the Wicketz programme has been able to deliver a variety of online workshops to support young people during the Covid pandemic. These sessions have enabled participants to learn new skills whilst being able to carry on seeing their friends and take part in regular physical activity which has supported their mental and physical wellbeing. Interviews with cricket role models have provided an insight into the life of a professional sportsperson and the discipline needed to be successful.”
The ongoing workshops and regular opportunities to meet virtually have had a positive impact on Wicketz Bristol participants…
“It’s been a really great outlet and something to look forward to, I really enjoy it”
“It’s been good, it’s fun, I get to see some people I’d otherwise not get to see. It’s the only thing I get to do outside school. It’s dead at the moment. There’s no fun.”
“When we were in lockdown, Wicketz kept in touch and started back really quickly. Really happy to do the competition in half term, and I really like that Wicketz did a kick boxing session on Zoom during lockdown. The staff listen to me and are really fun to be around.”
“I am happy that we are able to keep in touch during lockdown. Thank you”
“I really like to see friends there because lock down doesn’t let you see them”