Wicketz Festival - August 2017

In August 2017, we returned to Felsted School in Essex as part of The Lord’s Taverners’ Wicketz festival. Once again, we took children from West Ham and Stratford Wicketz CC, but, this year, they were joined by our newest club; Leyton Wicketz CC.

This years’ festival was the biggest to date with Wicketz clubs from across the country coming together for the 3-day residential.

Over the first 2 days, the children participated in training, including masterclasses with current and former professional players such as Monty Panesar, Graham Napier, Lydia Greenway and Jason Gallian.

In addition to the cricket, the children also participated in a variety of workshops:

“Chris Syrus used music to talk about his experiences of crime, and prison, encouraging the kids to open up and express themselves, whilst also stressing the importance of making good decisions. StreetDoctors ran a seminar which saw participants learn some potentially lifesaving first aid skills. Finally, Sports Leaders also ran a clinic designed to help participants develop their leadership and teamwork skills.”  

On the final day, the teams had the opportunity to put what they’d learnt into action as they competed in the finals of their junior and senior competitions.

A team made up of players from Luton and Leyton won all four of their matches to come out as winners in the senior competition. In the junior competition, a team made up of players from Luton, Leyton and West Ham were crowned champions.

Aside from the team honours, there were also individual awards up for grabs and Awais Latif, from Leyton Wicketz, won the prize (a Gunn and Moore bat) for the best bowler. Check him out taking on Monty Panesar in the video above!

For more details about the festival, check out the report on The Lord’s Taverners website: http://www.lordstaverners.org/news/658/youngsters-enjoy-felsted-wicketz-festival