The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation brought the men’s and women’s World Cup trophies to Beeston last month in a bid to inspire the next Joe Root or Heather Knight.
The trophies travelled to the Hamara Healthy Living Centre and Hugh Gaitskell Primary School and were the centre of cricket themed activities at both venues.
They also came to Beeston Festival where their arrival was signalled by dhol drummers from the Punjabi Roots Academy, they were then unveiled by Hilary Benn MP. Youngsters of all ages took part in a throwing skills game using the YCCC Throwshow inflatable. Free Bats were given to those that managed to make three successful throws in a row.
The visits build on the work already going on in the Beeston community where the Foundation is supporting street cricket initiatives such as the Dynamo Cricket. These sessions for 8-11 year old girls and boys have been taking place in Cross Flatts Park and an indoor venue is currently being sought so that they can continue through the winter.
Sohail Raz, Diverse Communities Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, 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, Managing Director for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said: “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.”
Youngsters interested in playing cricket can contact: Sohail.firstname.lastname@example.org