Award for street cricket youth initiative

Thursday, 29th November 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Martyn Wilson NatWest Raj Nath Middlesex Cricket Mikey Thompson Middlesex Cricket. Front - Robel Tecklom Lydia Amanuel Fasil Giada Mazzola

Back, from left: Martyn Wilson from NatWest; Raj Nath from Middlesex Cricket; Ghebrenegus Ghile from Eritrean Youth Club, and Mikey Thompson from Middlesex Cricket. Front: Robel Tecklom, Lydia Amanuel Fasil and Giada Mazzola

USUALLY there’s nothing a batter likes more than finding a boundary. On this occasion, however, a team of young cricketers from Islington were thrilled not to.

That’s because on Wednesday the Islington Street Cricket Project won the NatWest No Boundaries Award at the Chance to Shine Awards.

The project, which is run on Saturdays at the Sobell Leisure Centre in Finsbury Park, was recognised for its hard work supporting grassroots cricket. Youngsters Robel Tecklom, Lydia Amanuel Fasil and Giada Mazzola received the accolade from NatWest head of sponsorship and hospitality Martyn Wilson at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The judging panel said they were “impressed with how Islington Street Cricket Project has brought the sport to a new audience of children through its partnership with the Eritrean Youth Club”.

The Chance to Shine Annual Awards, supported by NatWest, celebrates clubs, individuals and schools who help to spread the power of cricket. The charity has been working since 2005 to reverse the decline of the sport in state schools by providing coaching in schools and extra-curricular opportunities.

Chance to Shine Street is a free, fun and fast-paced version of the sport played with a tapeball.

England cricket legend Graham Gooch, who attended the event, said: “I’d like to congratulate the Islington Street Project for their commitment to cricket and it was inspiring to hear about their cricketing journey. Lord’s has been home to some of the great cricketing stories over the years and this is right up there.”

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