The Platform Cricket Programme works across inner London, aiming to bring more children from disadvantaged and BAME backgrounds into the game. Focussed on areas of high deprivation and little to no existing cricket provision, the scheme also targets social improvements such as better health and social inclusion, through the creation of local cricket hubs.
The Sydenham Hub was established in 2019. Following a scheme with local Primary Schools, fifty children migrated into community participation at Forest Hill Boys' School.
This continued into the summer months where activities transferred outdoors to Mayow Park, and the "Sydenham Sonics" team competed in a local soft-ball tournament where they finished a creditable second place.
This qualified them for the Kent County U9 Finals where, against all odds, they finished in 3rd place behind established cricket clubs from Tunbridge Wells and Bickley.
In 2020 our charity will again work with local Primary Schools to encourage a new cohort of U9s to join the Sydenham Sonics programme, whilst our existing players will move into competitive hard ball cricket.
Whilst the children's talents will enable this swift progress, the financial burden of purchasing all necessary kit and protective equipment required for hard ball cricket can be prohibitive.
We are therefore aiming to raise funds to purchase a "club kit" which will mean that all children playing for the Club can compete equitably, regardless of their backgrounds.
The 3 important outcomes of our scheme that this fundraising will support most are:
- Social Justice: Ensuring access is accessible for all
- Supporting access to competitive hard ball matches
- Supporting individuals to progress into representative cricket