• Friends of Central Park

Cricket East at Central Park

Cricket East is a collaborative organisation responsible for delivering the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) participation & growth activities and supporting recreational cricket as well as the performance pathway programmes across Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire, creating links between schools, clubs, leagues and the community.

Cricket East's collective vision is to lead and influence the development of the game while inspiring everyone to take part and grow cricket in an accessible and inclusive way.

Summer Camp, Central Park Aug 2020

In August 2020, a Summer Camp event was hosted by Cricket East at Central Park. Due to Covid restrictions the event was attended by invited members only of the City of Peterborough Cricket Club.

All players were u13 and supported by several parents along with event support and coaching staff.

The aims and objectives of the club was to:

· To offer coaching and competitive opportunities in cricket.

· To promote the club within the local community.

· To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club.

· To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.

The above photo shows members of the City Cricket Club Peterborough. These members usually come from the heart of the city but have to usually go to the edge of the city to play routinely. The clubs female coach, Farida Chaudry can also be seen in the picture.

City Cricket Club’s vision is to bring together children young people (CYP) and their families, predominantly from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, to encourage greater involvement and enjoyment in the game of cricket.

This event was organised with the assistance of their Chairperson Jabeen Maqbool, consent of the City Council and Friends of Central Park. We are also grateful for generous funding from Living Sport, the County Sports Partnership for help in making this event possible .

The above photos capture a small scale soft ball young people community cricket activity taking place in the heart of the City at Central Park during the Summer holidays.

In order to support and build the communities through cricket, Cricket East have appointed a Diverse Communities Officer, Dave Summers who leads the coordination and delivery of community cricket activity and programmes to Peterborough’s diverse communities.

Dave works with key partners to empower communities to take a leading role ultimately in the development and delivery of local Community Cricket Hubs.

Dave has organised and arranged several cricket activities at Central Park. We are hoping the lifting of restrictions around Covid will enable future cricket activities to take place.

Community Cricket Game at Central Park, September 2018

Weeks of planning came to fruition on Saturday 1 September when community cricket came back to Central Park in Peterborough.

The aim was to bring different communities together and promote a healthy lifestyle through cricket.

A team made up of members of 5 local mosques played a team which included representatives from Peterborough Council, the Police and the Fire Service as part of the City’s Family Fun Day. There was also a cricket session for youngsters after the adult match with participants from the Lords Taverners Wicketz' Programme (see more information below on this project).

Congratulations to the Mosque Team who with a margin of 39 runs were winners of the Peterborough Community Cricket Cup.

All money raised during the cricket match was donated to Pancreatic Cancer UK, co-ordinated by Abdul Choudhuri (Chairman of Faizan E Madina Mosque and Peterborough Joint Mosque Council).

Thanks to all partners and the great support from Luton Wicketz colleagues.

Photography Lester Milbank</