The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is pleased to publish its annual report for the year ended December 2022.
The report reflects on a transformative year for the Foundation – and recognises a number of landmark achievements for the official charity of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
The report shows the positive impact its four themes of work: Education, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, and Participation has had on the lives of people across Yorkshire and the significant growth in community programmes supporting all genders, abilities and communities.
75,850 attendances across Yorkshire Cricket Foundation programmes
29,025 young people were supported
13,840 volunteer hours contributed towards supporting communities in Yorkshire
5,265 meals were delivered to young people and 19,961 since 2021
100% pass rate for students attending our award-winning Yorkshire Cricket College
The report also shines a light on the support the Foundation gives to the community through programmes such as its reminiscence sessions – weekly online zoom sessions which provide a safe environment for older people to catch-up, have a cake and a coffee and chat about cricket among other things.
The Foundation also runs a number of Walking Cricket clubs and other initiatives including teaming up with Zero Waste Leeds to launch the first ever cricket kit recycling scheme in the UK and a range support for people seeking asylum and refugees.
Will Saville, Managing Director for Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said: “In the face of the continued challenges as the country has continued to open up, I am extremely proud of what we were able to achieve for communities across Yorkshire last year. We have been able to increase our face to face delivery and the response has been brilliant.
“Our work focuses on underrepresented groups and providing opportunities to those that often wouldn’t be able to access them otherwise, as we continue to strive for our vision of ‘Community without Boundaries’.
“We owe huge thanks to our amazing funders, supporters and partners who share our vision, make our work possible and challenge us to do more.”
As well as providing more opportunities than ever to play the game, the Foundation has continued to support diverse communities in the region including delivering the Dream Big Desi Women initiative which is run in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECG) and is focused on giving south Asian females a chance to get involved in cricket.
The Foundation also runs the YCF Hundred in the community – an action-packed 100 ball cricket competition made simpler – 100 balls per team, most runs wins and to celebrate Ramadan in 2022 the Foundation hosted the Yorkshire Ramadan Cup 2022 – with people in the community given the opportunity to pray together, play cricket together, and eat together, at Wakefield Football Centre.
For those in the county that look to champion mental health, the Foundation continues to deliver resources through its Howstha? programme, free of charge. The Foundation also supports people living with dementia and their partners/friends through it’s Catch Up Club.
“Over the past transformational 12 months our work – driven by strong leadership – has included supporting communities most in need, working in collaboration, continuing to create sustainable projects and bolstering the workforce.
“This whole-system approach is needed now, more than ever to help people who are most at risk of inactivity across Yorkshire.”
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& you can read the online version of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Annual Report 2021 here.