Glasgow Caledonian University and Cricket Scotland's partnership to engage with Black and minority ethnic, migrant and refugee communities in Glasgow.
The partnership will establish a free grass roots cricket club for children in a diverse area of North Glasgow (Springburn) where cricket is not widely played, an adult indoor Tapeball league and using cricket to engage kids about physics at community science events. The 'Wicketz Hubs' and wider partnership have created community-engaged learning opportunities for GCU students.
The crickets hubs are now established in three areas of the City and they were established to remove barriers to participation that people, particularly those from BAME community in Glasgow have faced.
Cricket Scotland’s ambition to diversify its core base is leading the way for sports governing bodies to drive a rate of change and modernise through engaging more women and multi ethnic communities and they are doing this through participation initiatives such as the Wickets Hub and their newly launched Project Glasgow which has has seen the expansion of the Wicketz hub project to two further diverse areas of the City (Pollokshields and Govanhill).
The Hubs and the Tapeball League are getting people fit and active and making social connections. Some have previously played cricket and some are new to the sport. All are from a range of backgrounds and cultures and are being brought together in teams through cricket.
The partnership has allowed GCU to engage with more communities, to offer more volunteering opportunities for our students and has given more students the chance to play cricket. It has led to other initiatives such as Diabetes awareness sessions and screening for type 2 diabetes.
It is hoped that bringing cricket to Black and minority ethnic, migrant and refugee communities in Glasgow will build social cohesion and support integration. The three-year partnership will also bring cricket back to GCU and generate research into, for example, how sports governing bodies can become more diverse.