Barclays Spaces for Sports has announced plans to expand its StreetChance (new window) programme in the UK, which uses cricket to support young people in areas affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour.
The move will see Barclays Spaces for Sports invest £500,000 over three years. The scheme’s partner charity the Cricket Foundation (new window) will also invest £1.5m.
Nearly 15,000 young people across 15 London boroughs have benefited from StreetChance since the programme launched in 2008.
The programme will now reach 16,000 beneficiaries through street cricket coaching sessions and social inclusion activities across 20 London boroughs, and outside of the city in Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, Hull, Dewsbury and Birmingham.
Among the initiatives are four specialist projects for girls, and one at a young offenders’ institute.
Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that Barclays Spaces for Sports is investing in StreetChance to enable it to continue for at least another three years.
“StreetChance provides vital opportunities for young people in deprived areas to help increase aspiration and improve community cohesion. The programme, and cricket in general, crosses social, racial and religious divides.”
Kirk Harrison, Head of Barclays Spaces for Sports, added: “We are excited and proud to be continuing our association with StreetChance after three successful years.
“StreetChance has delivered important life skills to nearly 15,000 young people across London and created a sustainable structure of community coaches and youth leaders who will continue to deliver life skills in their communities for years to come.”