This week, Wicketz Bristol participants at The Park Centre in Knowle were treated to a special drop in visit from Police Constable Richard Higbey and his colleague Jack from Avon and Somerset Police.
Speaking to our weekly group of boys and girls, Constable Higbey talked about matters in the local community and specific issues for young people to be aware of. Showing a keen interest to learn more about the work police do in the heart of their community, the Wicketz group were given a detailed look at the equipment police use and the purpose it serves: baton, handcuffs, torch and rigid cuffs!
Having suitably piqued curious minds with the demonstrations, questions were put to both Constable Richard and PCSO Jack:
“What’s the highest rank in the police?”
“What made you join the police?”
“What is the training like?”
“Do you have a cricket team?”
With policing business addressed, Wicketz Bristol participants set their guests a number of cricket skill challenges and were impressed with the Richard and Jack’s catching abilities, who were the top scorers in some of the rounds. Recognising Richard and Jack’s handy set of skills, the group nominated them to play in opposing teams, in an all-action-packed game of quick cricket. A hotly-contested match followed with some superb power hitting and outfield catches from both teams on display.
One of the parents who attends the weekly sessions said:
“It’s great for the kids to get to know the police and who they are, especially in a fun and friendly setting where they’re playing the games together on an even level. They don’t just see the uniforms; they get to know the officers as people and learn about the important work they do in their community.”
Wicketz Development Officer, Sam Emmott said:
“Opportunities like these are so important for breaking down barriers between young people and the police. They go a long way to safeguarding young people in the community and educating them on the role our police do. It’s great to see a level of trust and respect shown at the end of each visit and we look forward to seeing them next time.
WHAT IS WICKETZ?
Wicketz is a free cricket programme from the Lord’s Taverners for young people aged 8-16, living in inner city communities. By establishing sustainable community cricket hubs, the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation provide year-round weekly cricket sessions in Bristol with a focus on breaking down barriers, developing crucial life skills, creating stronger communities, and enabling brighter futures for those taking part.
If you’d like more details about Wicketz Bristol or would like to take part, please contact Sam Emmott, Wicketz Development Officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07398 211 596.