A league that makes a difference!
Four colleges and eight teams play weekly matches. Every week an educational and learning theme is associated to the game. As the competition has 20 games there are also be 20 learning outcomes.
When a game starts the player looks to the coach for a match strategy. It is in these first 5 minutes; the coach embeds the learning objective of the day into the team talk. They will be expected to follow up on the learning outcome by completing am online learning activity that will be emailed to them.
An allrounder is a cricketer who can bat, bowl and field very well. Likewise, this course will make them allrounders for the outside world.
Working in collaboration with The Lord’s Taverners Wicketz programme in Luton, Global Technology Solution’s team have developed “The All-Rounder course”. A bespoke course that provides youth aged 15-24 that live in areas of deprivation skills that enhances their life, career & employability prospects.
It provides them a platform to play the sport of choice, learn, apply and try different skills in a real-life environment. The specially designed course allows the young adults to work on adapted community initiatives.
There are three stages of the project:
A 20-week pre-game and online course that teaches participants skills associated to these four areas:
Business Development Skills
Career & Employability Skills
“The Inhouse Business Hub” Pilot Phase collaboration options –
Shared Learning Trust 6th Form
Luton 6th Form College
Central Beds College
Chiltern Learning Trust 6th Form
(Conducted in Secondary schools and colleges)
A workplace environment will be established at educational institutions called “The inhouse Business Hubs”. These hubs will allow students to exercise their newly acquired skills on a project developed by them. The participants will be required to wear business attire to create a professional environment. During this stage industry mentors will support the youth using a practical based learning approach. Business skills like taking inbound and making outbound calls, writing emails and making proposals will all be taught at an elementary level to instil confidence and self-esteem. This stage 2 will be concluded with a workshop on public speaking and with them delivering a persuasive sales presentation to their peers.
Working in collaboration with Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, The Shared Learning Trust and The Lord’s Taverners Wicketz programme, attempts will be made to provide participants and educational institutions the following opportunities:
Work Experience – Offered to Secondary schools
Traineeships – Offered to Colleges & Universities
Apprenticeships – Offered to Colleges & Universities
Part Time Jobs – Offered to Colleges & Universities
Full time jobs – Offered to Colleges & Universities
The pilot “All Rounder Project” in Luton could support the UK Governments Kick Start Scheme, (Kickstart Scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) in the region. In short, it is a scheme that provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds on Universal Credit. With unemployment increasing and an uncertain future with Brexit looming in the horizon. More and more collaborations like this should take place nationally to increase employment opportunities and to accelerate the economic recovery of United Kingdom.
In 2018 a group of young Afghan refugees were identified as contributing to ASB and community conflict in Luton – many were disengaged from mainstream education, in trouble with police and on the fringe of crime. It quickly became clear that they were in poor mental health and at immense risk of exploitation.
When refugees are cleared to enter legally, they are placed into a mainstream education system that is not resourced enough to provide the support they require. This has an impact on their mental wellbeing as they are often bullied or abused. “It was hard for me because when I used to go to a secondary school [spoke] no English at all, trying to look [for] one person [to talk to] … and being bullied … you can’t speak English, you can’t do this … How am I going to make friends or learn the language?” Arbaaz, refugee and captain of Blue Tigers Luton.
They need culture, lifestyle training, language development even before being put into the system. With a multi partner collaboration this strategic plan will be implemented in Luton. By using a joined-up community-based approach we will be preparing a road map that leads to employment and giving all participants the tools for success.
In Luton, many Afghan refugees formed gangs and started to disrupt order by getting involved in the life of crime and violence. To tackle this problem, a survey was conducted to ascertain what would they like to do and what sports that they would like to work in. By consulting the youth and specialists Combat Cricket was coined.
“If I wasn’t here right now [at the Combat Cricket session] I would be, I don’t know in town walking around some like a lost guy, but I have now so much patience and so much self-control that if someone said something to me I would be calm” Danial Haider, refugee and participant at Combat Cricket in Luton.
In 2016 we started the Wicketz programme in Luton, an area of very high deprivation facing many challenges – left- and right-wing extremism, religious tensions, high levels of violent & exploitative crime with some refugees at the heart of the problems in the town.
Wicketz works closely alongside Bedfordshire Police to help reduce and tackle these challenges, with police officers participating at Wicketz sessions and events and running workshops.
In response Wicketz set up Combat Cricket first to help these and other vulnerable young people to integrate into their community. Using a mix of martial arts and cricket (the two most popular sports), hard work and discipline, their fitness and agility increased, and they learned how to channel energy positively. Each session also educated participants around the dangers of such issues as drugs, gangs, knife/ gun crime, extremism and sexual exploitation.
80% said they were sometimes physically aggressive
70% of them had had at least one fight within the last 8 weeks
100% noticed a change in their discipline and self-control
100% said they refrained from fighting and they think before they act.
improved ability to cope under stress
more measured and in control – positively harnessing anger and frustration
no longer physically violent in disagreements or verbal confrontations
growing in self-confidence,
more positive and respectful interactions with others
better outcomes for themselves including some in employment or academic pathways
This project has received accolades from the media, community and the wider police force.
Detective Supt David CestaroCommunity Policing (Tackling OCGs) NPCC Co-Ordinator for Serious Violence, Bedfordshire Policesays:
“In my role as force lead for tackling organised crime, I am particularly eager to prevent local youngsters from getting drawn into activities and crimes which are often precursors to becoming embroiled in serious crime. I was incredibly impressed with how Wicketz have a philosophy which is all about stopping this. What’s more it is translated through the medium of sport in a way that really engages youth and provides key factors to increasing their resilience to crime. There is a range of schemes fit for the diversity of Luton’s communities, though they all share the common pathway of developing participants’ self-esteem and desire to belong to something worthwhile in their community. Events run by Wicketz bring together often struggling individuals into groups and teams who learn about collaborative success, receive inputs from key professionals and signpost them to opportunities with local companies or education providers. This is just the sort of initiative to break down barriers, not only between people, but between an individual’s challenging situation and their potential.”
“What Wicketz [Luton] and Cricket East are doing I think is tremendous for the youth because today the youth needs to be engaged … Sport is a great way of engaging because it has no barriers … makes the children become team workers, team leaders and also to be tolerant.”Vinod Tailor, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Bedfordshire.
“We have seen people from around the [Luton] town, the county mixing together, having fun together, having food together so this is having a massive impact in our society. Not only just for the growth and development of our kids but bringing communities together” Cllr. Aslam Khan, LBC Safety and Cohesion