Friday, December 2, 2022

Respect for Orsett Cricket Club

AS an Essex Boys and Girls Club member, Orsett Cricket Club are hosting a RESPECT project at the club again this winter. This is the fourteenth project run in Thurrock over the last seven years and Orsett Cricket Club have hosted the life skills part of the project for the majority.

Working in partnership with Thurrock Police Youth Officer PC Neil Brand and nine local secondary schools, young people between (13-14 year olds) are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential and learn Respect for themselves, for others and for authority in general.

The young people learn team building skills, how to handle conflict, communication, how to avoid negative peer pressure and make new friends – all in preparation for a week of outdoor adventurous activity in the Lake District. Following this, they return to school with increased self confidence, better able to understand the result of actions and consequences and more able to participate in lessons and the community. Having climbed a mountain – a young person has confidence to put their hand up in class.

Sue Pell from Essex Boys and Girls Clubs said “Orsett Cricket Club certainly plays their part in the local community and in helping the development of young people and not just through cricket.” Orsett Cricket Club have also been working with the Essex Probations Community Pay Back Team on a range of projects this summer including grounds and pavilion maintenance, which is hoped to be continued next summer. This, along with working with the Youth Offending Team, has been a great benefit to the local community. Club Chairman David Kooyman said “We are primarily a cricket club but we like to play a part in our community and it is a privilege to see these young people change over the weeks as they are helped to learn lessons about life in a non-educational and relaxed environment.”

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