Integration through Cricket

In partnership with the amazing St Augustine’s centre in Halifax and funded by a grant award from the Community Foundation for Calderdale, TCA Foundation have been supporting locally based Asylum Seekers and Refugees by delivering cricket sessions to young people and adults from far and wide! We’ve been lucky enough to welcome and get to know people from El Salvador, Afghanistan, Honduras, Eritria, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Somalia, Kenya, Iran, Kurdistan, Russia and Pakistan!

The sessions, led by Scott Kershaw, have been great fun, inclusive and acted as a meaningful way of integrating and welcoming newcomers to the UK who have been through challenging times. These sessions were many of the participants 1st taste of cricket, but some already had a keen interest and, in some cases, quite a bit of talent! Transitions have been made into local clubs such as Little Valley CC, Old Town CC and Prestwich CC in Manchester who have supported three talented young men from Afghanistan, these boys at Prestwich CC were supported by the Manchester Money Scholarship Fund.

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It may even be that a major talent has emerged, having recently arrived from Pakistan and seeking asylum, one young man hit the nets and was bowling 85mph!! TCAF have made contact with surrounding counties and are looking for opportunities for him to start training with higher level players- so watch this space!

This season’s work culminated in a fantastic community spectacle, with local friendly team Little Valley CC playing against St Augustine’s Centre’s team of asylum seekers. This was a special day at the picturesque Old Town CC above Hebden Bridge – a game where the result barely mattered – although it did matter a little of course! In a 30 over game, batting second the St Augustine’s XI chased down Little Valley’s 181 to finish off a memorable game for everyone involved.

We look forward to continuing our work in this area and supporting the amazing work that the St Augustine’s Centre are doing on a daily basis.

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