Founded in 2006 the BCCT’s mission is to encourage participation in cricket in rural communities and to create access to cricket and countryside activities for disadvantaged young people. Our target groups are young people who want to play sport and enjoy the countryside, adults who want to develop their coaching skills, and families that want to strengthen their community ties through sport.
Too many children and young people are physically inactive and drop out of sport as
they get older. Engaging children early on is vital to building a sporting habit for life.
A person’s attitude towards sport is shaped by their experience as a child, and many
people drop out of regular sport before they even reach the age of 14.
School is key. A positive experience of sport at school can contribute to a lifetime
of participation and a negative experience may narrow perceptions of sport and put
someone off forever.
Cricket and other Sports can help children build the skills and confidence needed for a healthy life, while developing personal and social wellbeing.
Only one in five children meet the Chief Medical Officer’s requirements of 60 minutes physical activity per day. They are even less likely to be active if they are a girl, ethnic minority or from a low socio-economic background.
“Physical activityand PE help not only mental and physical health, but it has also been proven to aid concentration, behaviour and academic achievement in schools which will be vital skills in helping them catch up from missed school days. Active children are happier and more resilient.”
– Youth Sport Trust
“Children and young people across the UK are facing short, medium, and long-term impacts on their mental health and emotional wellbeing, because of the pandemic. More than two-thirds of people surveyed believe that young people’s mental health has got worse as a result of the pandemic.”
– Children in Need
- Our largest annual total to date with 4,263 children reached across our programmes
- Supported 39 volunteers providing over 516 hours of coaching time contributing over £6,000 worth of time to the Trust
- Showing our commitment to diversity and inclusion we have reached over 1,600 girls, special needs children and young people from low socio-economic and ethnic minority backgrounds
- Worked with 52 mainstream primary and special schools