The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can reveal the five up-and-coming filmmakers, from cricket clubs and centres across the country, who have been chosen to take part in a bespoke filmmaking course offered by the British Film Institute (BFI).
The course is funded by #Funds4Runs, a £1m investment launched in 2020, jointly funded by LV= General Insurance and the ECB to support areas of recreational cricket affected by COVID-19. This includes supporting clubs to offer facilities and programmes that help improve diversity and inclusivity within cricket.
The five filmmakers will be given the opportunity to improve their content gathering skills in order to showcase their clubs more effectively thanks to the unique partnership between the ECB and BFI. From May, they will take part in a bespoke 15-week online course – First Run: BFI Filmmaking and Production for Sports – designed exclusively for and with the ECB.
The ECB opened applications to budding filmmakers from the cricket network in April and today can announce the successful five candidates who will be given the opportunity to learn from industry-leading film tutors. The course will allow them to create compelling films showcasing the unique character of their clubs and will equip them with editing, communication, digital and planning skills, enabling them to create a variety of exciting video content.
Meet the filmmakers
Holly is currently studying Biology at the University of Exeter while also playing cricket as a member at her local club, Fonthill Park Cricket Club. She is looking forward to combining two of her passions, filmmaking and cricket, by taking part in the First Run course. She’s excited to learn how to produce high-quality and engaging video content to hopefully encourage new players to get involved in the game.
Aaishah balances playing for Sefton Park Cricket Club women’s team with her job as a Hospital Optometrist. She is most looking forward to learning new skills that will help her spread her love for cricket through social media, especially among women and girls.
Ashley is a Junior Cricket Coach at the Northampton Saints Cricket Club while also studying for a degree in Sports Journalism at Solent University in Southampton. He feels the First Run course is an excellent opportunity for those who, like him, are passionate about filmmaking. He can’t wait to learn new skills and utilise them by creating content to promote cricket clubs.
Jess is currently a Club Development Officer looking after the cricket clubs in South and West Worcestershire, having previously been a Women and Girls Development Officer. Outside of work, she plays indoor cricket for England, having previously played in two World Cups in New Zealand (2014) and Dubai (2017). She also plays club cricket for Martley Cricket Club and Worfield Cricket Club. She can’t wait to start the course – as well as improving her skills, she believes it will give her more ideas for leading club social media campaigns. She also thinks it’ll help increase the variety of content that she can use to ensure the clubs target different audiences.
Haseeb is a graphic designer working in the creative industry. He runs a successful food news website where he uses his video and photography skills as much as possible. His main passion outside of his profession is cricket – he is a qualified coach who runs a free online social media academy and he proudly represented Surrey CCC after leaving university. He’s excited to use the art of filmmaking to encourage more people to be as passionate about cricket as he is.
About the BFI
As the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image, the BFI is a cultural charity that aims to make the UK a creative place for film to flourish. The BFI is looking to help people from other professions and communities engage with the power of the moving image as a tool for effective communication.