3 StreetChance Awards Winners from Lancashire
StreetChance celebrated their third Annual Achievements Awards at the Home of Cricket on 03 July for an evening of recognition and celebration held at The Mound Stand, Lord’s.
Hosted by the BBC’s cricket and sports presenter, Manish Basin the event was attended by special guest, England T20 and ODI coach Ashley Giles who helped celebrate the fantastic achievements and contributions of those involved in StreetChance.
There were 12 deserving winners of awards which included Outstanding Junior, Senior and Young Adult Participant, Outstanding Coach, Outstanding Young Leader and Young Adult Project of the Year Award. 3 of those awards went to projects and individuals from Lancashire.
Hamza Shafiq (14) from Manchester won the Outstanding Senior Participant award. He was absolutely delighted and speaking at the Awards said: “I’m very pleased and very honoured to have won an award of this status. StreetChance helps me a lot, it’s like a base for me, it keeps me off the streets and it’s allowed me to progress to higher levels, I’m now part of Cheetham Hill Cricket Club and also playing for Manchester District Boys team as a wicket-keeper batsman.”
Anfield Sports and Community Centre from Liverpool accepted the Special Recognition Award and Michelle Taylor, Sports Inclusion Officer on behalf of the organisation said: “We were thrilled to be presented with the StreetChance Special Recognition Award. It’s a fantastic project which has allowed us to introduce a new sport to young people in the community.
“The kids involved have also had the opportunity to meet other young people from different cultures and visit new cities around the country to participate in half-term competitions. We’re really looking forward to the next year of delivering StreetChance.”
Rehaan Rather won the Outstanding Coach of the year for his dedicated coaching on the programmes in the Cheetham Hill, Moss Side, Longsight and Old Trafford areas of Manchester.
Commenting on the awards evening, Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation Wasim Khan MBE said: “It’s wonderful to celebrate the achievements and hard work of everyone involved in StreetChance and recognise the positive impact cricket can have on the lives of young people.
“We’ve had a fantastic five years so far, and this year’s awards evening is a great reminder of that.”
Keynote speaker at the event, Mike Saul Head of Hospitality and Leisure at Barclays added: “Part of what we do through our citizenship agenda is support the wider community, so StreetChance is a great project for Barclays to be involved in, as it works with young people in inner-city communities across the country, engaging them in a positive and fun activity that allows them to learn key life skills in the process.
“StreetChance provides young people aged eight to 24 with the confidence, focus and self-belief needed to develop stronger career opportunities, which is a fantastic way to develop our communities.”
Additional to the awards above Lahore Rangers (Manchester Adult StreetChance team) won the National StreetChance Indoor Competition at Lord’s on 03 July.
The Lancashire Cricket Board would like to congratulate Hamza Shafiq, Anfield Sports & Community Centre and Rehaan Rather on their awards and also to Lahore Rangers for their victory in the National Final. The LCB would like to take this opportunity to thank StreetChance for delivering local programmes in the Manchester and Liverpool areas.
StreetChance is a partnership between the Cricket Foundation - the charity behind Chance to Shine and Barclays Spaces for Sports. The programme strategically partners with the Metropolitan Police Service and County Constabularies across the StreetChance cities to engage young people from a range of backgrounds in areas affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour.