SCST Awarded Grant to host Free Sport Cricket Programme, sponsored by the Mayor of London’s Office
Southwark Community Sports Trust is awarded £1,225 grant to host a Free Sport cricket programme sponsored by the Mayor of London’s office
Between 21st & 24th August Southwark Community Sports Trust hosted a “FreeSport” cricket coaching programme. 37 children, aged between 9 &14 took part. They represented 13 different schools in the area. Over and above the actual coaching programme Surrey County Cricket Club kindly provided 30 free tickets to a CB40 match at the Oval. The game wasSurrey versus Glamorgan and was in effect a tribute match to Tom Maynard who played for both counties and tragically died during the summer. 20 children and 10 of their parents attended which, to most, gave them children a first time opportunity to see a live game at the stadium. We also concluded the event on the Friday with a bar-be-que to which all the parents were invited with an impromptu parents versus cricket game resulting.
The event was made possible by the award of a grant for £1,225 from the Mayor of London’s FreeSport fund. FreeSports main emphasis is on getting more people involved in sports, doing rather than watching, and continuing in long term participation.
The coaching was led by Allen Blackford who put together an international array of coaches hailing fromSouth Africa,AfghanistanandWaleswhich perfectly complimented cosmopolitan make up of the children in attendance.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and, if further funds are available, The Trust will be looking to host similar programmes.
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