Thursday 11 February 2010 

Yorkshire Cricket Help Re-Engage Young Offenders

Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Yorkshire Cricket Board are delighted to be launching a brand new programme; ‘Get Started with Yorkshire Cricket’ in association with the Prince’s Trust.

Fifteen Young Offenders from YOI Doncaster will be trained up over a 5-day intensive course beginning on Monday 15th February to gain their Cricket Young Leaders Award, First Aid certificate, Safeguarding Children qualifications, improve their confidence and develop communications and presentation skills.

Following their release from the Young Offenders Institution in around three months time, the Prince’s Trust will provide the young people with six months rehabilitation in which some of the youngsters will embark on their UK Cricket Coaching Level 1 and 2 with Yorkshire Cricket.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club are currently looking to hold two courses per year and to extend the programme across Yorkshire.

Alison Giles, Community Marketing Manager said: “The Prince’s Trust Get Started programme is such a valuable scheme and we’re delighted to be involved. We hope to offer these young people the opportunity to develop their skills, have fun and give them a chance to start again on the right foot. For some of the youngsters we’ll be offering the opportunity to gain experience working in a world class sporting venue at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground.”

Get Started with Yorkshire Cricket

Get Started with Cricket is the Prince’s Trust’s new engagement programme aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who are not currently in employment, education or training.

The programme uses the theme of cricket to inspire young people to take the first steps to increase their confidence, skills and employability, whilst also gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

© Yorkshire CCC