StreetChance given Sport England grant

Hundreds of deprived young adults will be given the opportunity to make use of free cricket lessons after Sport England gave a grant of just under £1million to Cricket Foundation’s StreetChance programme.

The money from Sport England, which awards funds from the National Lottery and Exchequer, means around 11,000 16 to 24-year-olds will be able to partake in street cricket for the next three years.

The sessions will involve a fast-paced version of the game which uses a ‘tapeball’ - a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape - where innings lasts for 20 balls and games for 20 minutes.

There will also be weekly coaching and matches, with street cricket competitions running throughout the summer and a six-month StreetChance Inner-City League starting in October.

Furthermore, young adults not in education, employment or training will be given the opportunity to gain work experience and qualifications towards employment.

Chair of Sport England, Richard Lewis, said: “We're delighted that our Lottery funding will open up opportunities for young adults who are not in work or education.

“StreetChance demonstrates the power of sport to change the lives of young people.”

Chief executive of Cricket Foundation, Wasim Khan, added: “Making cricket accessible and driving participation in deprived, inner-city areas has always been at the heart of what StreetChance works to achieve.

“We’re delighted that, through lottery funding provided by Sport England, we can now extend the age group to include young adults.”