Southampton Wicketz Programme Shortlisted For Sport & Recreation Alliance Youth Development Award

The Southampton Wicketz programme is delivered by the Lord’s Taverners in partnership with the Hampshire Cricket Board and has engaged over 250 young people in the past year

Hampshire Cricket and the Hampshire Cricket Board are delighted to confirm that the Southampton Wicketz project has made the shortlist for the Youth Development Award at the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2023.

The awards is a nationally-recognised programme organised by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and the Southampton Wicketz programme has been nominated for its impact on young people in the city through cricket during the past year and is one of a three-strong shortlist.

The programme has engaged over 250 participants over the last 12 months, with 130 people attending sessions every week at hubs based at Cantell School, St Mary’s leisure centre, and other various facilities across inner-city Southampton.

The Hampshire Cricket Board has also seen 18 newly qualified foundation coaches, three of which are former Wicketz participants, and more than 10 young leaders regularly volunteering at sessions.

The programme has also led to the formation of the Hampshire Hawks City Academy which has opened up opportunities for young people from schools and community programmes in Southampton to train and compete in county age group squads as a result of the programme.

We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Youth Development award and even happier that it’s come as a result of a nomination from someone the programme exists to support! Nothing unites people and communities quite like sport, and it’s fantastic to see the impact Wicketz continues to have in Southampton. Just being shortlisted is great recognition of the work of so many in the city, and an indication of how powerful sport can be in positively impacting young lives, both in a sporting and personal development sense.

Sam Moss, Urban Cricket Development Officer

The award winner will be crowned at an awards ceremony on 17th March at Twickenham Stadium, with HRH The Earl of Wessex, the President of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, presenting the awards, and the winners will also each receive £1,000.

For more information on the Lord’s Taverners Wicketz programme, visit the link below.

Lord's Taverners Wicketz Programme

For more details about the Southampton Wicketz programme, please contact Sam Moss at

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