Law and Rainford-Brent back StreetChance

StreetChance

StreetChance uses sport to help make young people in inner-city London more disciplined and tolerant of one another

Derbyshire batsman Stuart Law and England women batter Ebony Rainford-Brent were on hand today to promote the Metropolitan Police-backed StreetChance scheme.

Former Australia international Law and Rainford-Brent, part of the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Ashes-winning squad, lent their support.

StreetChance is a three-year project being delivered initially across 10 London boroughs. The initiative, launched in July 2008, uses cricket to engage young people from a range of backgrounds in areas affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

As part of the project, cricket is helping young people in inner-city areas of London to become more disciplined, more engaged and more tolerant towards one another, according to new research published today.

An independent evaluation report by Loughborough University, commissioned by partners of StreetChance supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports, also highlights how the inclusive nature of cricket is helping to re-connect previously marginalised school pupils.

Teachers are also using cricket to overcome language barriers in schools where English is often a second language for pupils.

England batsman and StreetChance ambassador Ravi Bopara, whose old school, Brampton Manor in Newham, is one of the 60 London schools involved in the scheme, said: “The StreetChance project gives kids something to do in the evening rather than just hanging out.”

“It can definitely be a bit of a disadvantage coming from the inner city because, unlike other parts of the country, there just aren’t the facilities.”