Young people across Thurrock have been emulating their Ashes heroes Down Under and honing their cricket skills.
The new youth cricket project, Street20 is an urban, funky form of the game, designed to be played in crowded environments and using facilities such as five-a-side football pitches, multi-use-games-areas, basketball courts and sports halls.
In Thurrock, Street20 sessions for young people from 11 to18 years have been taking place since September and are run by the Thurrock Nacro Community Sports Project for Thurrock Council.
Tom Hopkins from Nacro said: “The Street 20 Cricket sessions have been popular with the young people. Many of them haven’t played cricket before so they’re learning new skills.
“We’ve been running sessions at Tilbury and South Ockendon and will start in Grays and Corringham in early 2011.”
Funding for the sessions has come from The Essex County Cricket Board and project sponsors Insure and Go.
Tracey Davies from the Essex County Cricket Board added: “We’ve been working with local authorities to develop Street 20 Cricket sessions in Essex.
“It’s been great to see sessions up and running in Thurrock.”
For more information on Street 20 Cricket in Thurrock please contact Tom Hopkins from the Thurrock Nacro Sports Project on 07734 994340.