Implementation of S.T.R.E.E.T.S method community wide through 9 Wicketz community hubs:

Sports, Training, Recruitment, Education, Employment, Technology, Sustainability

Method: Sport is used to attract targeted participants. Used to build relationships based on respect and trust which enable the identification of participants’ developmental needs and facilitate a mentoring approach. Also used to develop the soft skills of employability such as teamworking, communication, perceived self-efficacy.

Using Sport to implement UN Sustainable Development Goals – 1, 5, 7, 13

Community Programmes for Women and Girls:

  1. Wicketz Women & Girls – Once a week
  2. Chance to Shine Street Women & Girls / Chance to Shine Street – Young Adults – Both once a week 
  3. Two Female Cricket teams
  4. One Girl’s Youth Cricket team
  5. Bedfordshire County Cricket – Performance Cricket hotshot Hubs U11 / U13 / U15
  6. MCC Foundation – Performance Cricket
  7. Training for employment and life skills to youth and signposting to partners for adults.

Early intervention has a vital role to play in identifying children who may be showing atypical development, and in helping to develop the skills and competencies that set a child up for life.

Community Programmes for Youth aged 5-9. 

  • Age 5-9 – All Star Hubs – Four hubs
  1. Wicketz – Soft Ball Sessions – Twice weekly
  2. Bedfordshire County Cricket – Performance Cricket hotshot Hubs U11
  3. The Shared Learning Trust Cricket Academy – September 2021

Mentoring is often one component of a program that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees. 

Benefits for youth:

Increased pathway to higher education.

Lower high school dropout rates

Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices

Better attitude about school

Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations

Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence

Improved behaviour, both at home and at school

Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers

Improved interpersonal skills.

Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use (MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)

Community Programmes for youth aged 10-15

  1. Bedfordshire County Cricket – Performance Cricket hotshot Hubs U11
  2. Wicketz Hard Ball Sessions U12 – four times per week
  3. Cricket East- Indoor Youth League – U11/U13/U15 – Launching January 2021
  4. Rising Star Cricket Academy – Performance Cricket – Once of week
  5. Bedfordshire County Cricket – Performance Cricket hotshot Hubs U11/U13/U15
  6. The Shared Learning Trust Cricket Academy – September 2021
  7. Three club youth set ups with U11/U13/U15/U19 teams each MCC Foundation – Hub – January 2021

Community Programmes for youth aged 16-24 & Adults

  1. Wicketz Hard Ball Sessions U19’s – four times per week
  2. Cricket East- Hard To Reach – Afghan Refugee Hub – Once a week
  3. Luton Tape Ball league – 16 teams
  4. Luton Mid-week league – 24 Teams
  5. Luton Hatters League – 18 teams
  6. 50+ Seniors Cricket
  7. 60+ Walk in Cricket & Coffee Mornings

We have proven track record that uses the framework to break down barriers, not only between people, but between an individual’s challenging situation and their potential.  It is delivered by providing free regular sports activity, augmented by key life skills workshops, to help participants develop an understanding of their own wellbeing, contribute to their focus and encourage them to think beyond their immediate circumstances.  The participants come from incredibly diverse backgrounds with significant numbers of young people who don’t normally engage with or enjoy sport – especially boys and girls from BAME communities.

“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.”

Detective Supt David Cestaro Community Policing (Tackling OCGs) NPCC Co-Ordinator for Serious Violence, Bedfordshire Police

The framework has become a safety net for vulnerable refugees and young isolated people, who are at risk of exploitation and committing serious crimes.