Kabir Lends A Hand To Lancashire’s Got Talent
OVER 50 young cricketers from the South Asian community in Trafford, Manchester and Salford took part in trials at Emirates Old Trafford under the watchful eye of Lancashire bowler Kabir Ali.
The young hopefuls were invited to the Indoor Cricket Centre as part of the Club’s Lancashire Way project and were observed and assessed by County Performance Coaches as they were put through their paces in the nets.
Qasim Ali, Lead Coach, said: “We were very impressed by the turnout and the standard of all those involved.
“We certainly have a tough task in choosing who will represent Manchester in the nationwide Lord’s Taverners’ City Cup which gets underway in the summer.
“I would like to thank everybody involved in making the evening a success, especially to StreetChance for their support.”
Rudra Singh, Education Manager/Black and Ethnic Minority Lead Officer of the Lancashire Cricket Board, said: “It was fantastic to see such a great turn out. There were some very skilled and some very raw talent on display.
“This complements our engagement with the ethnic minority communities and the inner city areas where most of the players play ad-hoc cricket outside the mainstream cricket network. I look forward to observing the progress of these players.”
Bobby Denning, Acting Director of the Lancashire Cricket Board, added: “Within Manchester, Salford and Trafford we have a number of groups playing the game within the parks, clubs and in the StreetChance programme.
“The response to the Lancashire Way South Asian Talent Search demonstrates how the initiative can add value to the current levels of activity and programmes in the area.
“It was great to see the response on the night with our Lancashire Cricket coaches observing the talent on display. Some of these players will go and compete nationally in the Lords Taverners’ City Cup which again shows the value of this initiative."
What is Lancashire Way?
Lancashire Way is an exciting joint project which Lancashire County Cricket Club, Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation and the Lancashire Cricket Board which launched in 2013. Under the title, ‘Lancashire Way’ all three parties work closely together to promote inclusivity and to raise the participation levels of cricket across our region.
Lancashire County Cricket Club is a world renowned Professional Sports Club, which has world class players at a world class facility. The Lancashire Cricket Board is the recreational arm of cricket and develops the club and coaching infrastructure across Lancashire, which feeds talent into the LCCC Academy and excellence programmes. The LCCC Foundation is the official charity and community arm of the Club. The Foundation is an independent registered charity and aims to inspire communities through cricket. It does this through the development of programmes in education & training, health and well-being, cricket development and heritage, and fundraises to support its development.
Visit our dedicated section to Lancashire Way.
What is StreetChance?
StreetChance Young Adults, funded by Sport England, currently runs three community projects in the city of Manchester and one in Old Trafford engaging with 65 16-24 year olds. The initiative also runs a weekly Autumn/Winter indoor league with 18 teams participating.
StreetChance sessions use a fast-paced version of tape-ball cricket - a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape - where each innings lasts for 20 balls and games last for just 20 minutes. It can be played with limited equipment in any contained space indoors or outdoors, so is ideal for inner city venues.
At StreetChance we aim to develop our participants and currently place a strong emphasis on training and developing strong leaders in communities. We do however aspire to creating opportunities for those talented tape ball players and help them migrate to hard ball cricket. In our first year we supported two teams to take part in a local Last Man Stands.
Working with the Lancashire County Cricket Club and Lancashire Cricket Board in 2014 we hope to uncover the next Ravi Bopara or Samit Patel. This opportunity for StreetChance participants to have the chance to work with Lancashire performance coaches is one that StreetChance fully supports.
Visit our dediacted section on StreetChance.
If you wish to learn more about the StreetChance Young Adults programme or want to get involved please contact Project Officer Jen Wilks on [email protected] or 07554 332789.