Breaking Boundaries aims to socially connect young people, their families and communities together through regular cricket engagement, fostering mutual respect and friendships by playing, spectating and volunteering. It is being delivered in five cities: Bradford, Birmingham, London (Barking and Dagenham), Manchester and Slough.
The project is led by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with Sporting Equals and a consortium of organisations including: Street Games, Citizens UK, Cricket Trusts and Foundations, Local Authorities and Community Organisations.
The project aims to use cricket as a tool to:
- Improve social connectedness and attitudes to diversity
- Increase empowerment and community voice
- Increase community participation and sense of belonging
- Improve partnership working
- Improve wellbeing
- Improve knowledge and skills to support community cohesion.
Breaking Boundaries aims to engage participants that either Live, Work or Learn or Worship in designated target wards across each of the 5 cities.
Using the legacy of England's incredible Men's (2019) and Women's (2017) World Cup victories, Breaking Boundaries brings together brings different ethnic and faith communities closer as one integrated community.
Breaking Boundaries places communities and young people are at the heart of the programme. Each year we train, develop and empower over 100 young people aged 14-25, and their community organisations as Community Champions through inspirational motivational speakers, creative workshops and exciting volunteering opportunities.
The voice of young people is at the forefront of the project, providing small activation grants for them to design, develop and deliver community projects that socially mix different people together through fun cricket activities, cricket matches, community festivals, street parties, social gatherings, cricket teas and much more!
A young Community Champion from our Breaking Boundaries Project in Slough, has written a poem about the power of sport to unite differences and communities. Read it here.
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