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ICC World Cups come to Yorkshire

— 15 September 2021

Yorkshire Cricket will celebrate a once in a lifetime opportunity as the Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour comes to Leeds and Bradford this week with the aim to inspire and empower the next generation of cricketers.

As part of the tour the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) will host the trophies at five venues in Leeds (tomorrow, Thursday 16 September), along with key partners, beginning at the Hamara Healthy Living Centre in the city.

The trophies will then move onto Hugh Gaitshell Primary School, in Beeston, followed by the Bilal Sports Centre, in Harehills.

The sports centre is one of the recent 12 vital community hubs that helped to deliver more than 12,000 meals to stop children across the county going hungry during the summer holidays.

The vital scheme – run by the YCF in collaboration with supermarket giant Morrisons – finished this month and has also provided 1,000 hours of cricket fun to help improve the wellbeing and health of some of the region’s most disadvantaged families.

The two trophies will then move to the Chapeltown Youth Development Centre before the final stop at the Leeds Gold Centre in Shadwell.

Sohail Raz, the Diverse Communities Manager for the YCF, who has helped co-ordinate the tour, said: “It is brilliant that the trophy tour is coming to Yorkshire and into the communities we work closely with.

“This once in a lifetime opportunity will hopefully plant a seed of hope to inspire and empower the communities to grow.”

  • Will Saville, the Managing Director for the YCF, added: “It’s fantastic the trophies are on display in the heart of the communities and where our vital projects are running.
    “Hopefully the tour can inspire more youngsters to get involved and enjoy cricket.”

    Previously the men’s trophy was showcased at the Emerald Headingley in April 2019 as part of the pre-tournament tour that year, while a giant version for publicity purposes was on display in late July 2019 when Emerald Headingley hosted the Group games for the competition.

    Meanwhile the women’s trophy was previously on display at the Yorkshire Cricket Museum, in at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, on extended loan throughout August 2017.

    Paul Goodman, the Heritage Manager for the YCF, said: “It was a privilege for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to host both the women’s and men’s World Cup trophies in the Yorkshire Cricket Museum in 2017 and 2019, where they attracted many visitors – particularly young aspiring female cricketers – for photo opportunities.”

    He added: “It’ll be great to have the chance for our cricket partners in West Yorkshire venues to see, and be inspired by, these historic trophies again, up close and, uniquely, at the same time.”

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