A Shropshire Cricket Board project funded by Sport England's Birmingham 2022 Small Grants Fund has opened a world of opportunities for children and young people. Through engaging in a variety of activities, participants have been able to explore different facets of cricket while developing a range of valuable skills.

By participating in the project, children and young people have developed a range of cricket-based skills including their coordination skills, enhancing their ability to move swiftly, catch balls, and ability to execute shots. Building on the legacy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the project has instilled an appreciation for teamwork among the participants. Through interaction with their peers, children and young people have honed their communication, cooperation, and leadership abilities.

The resounding laughter reverberating from the cricket project are testament to its positive impact. This positive emotional atmosphere aims to contribute to participants' overall well-being, boosting self-confidence, and nurturing a positive outlook on life.

Working collaboratively with a youth club, an inviting environment was able to be created. One of the biggest successes of this partnership was the flexibility it created which allowed young people to come and go, attracted by the sounds of laughter and the sight of their peers actively participating. The youth club acts as a hub, fostering a sense of belonging, inclusion, and inspiration.

This project serves as a shining example of how sport can empower and positively impact the lives of children and young people, fostering their growth and wellbeing.