West London Mosque Stars All Stars Cricket Programme for Children – Organised by ECB and Faith Associates
Faith Associates were proud to start the first ‘All Stars Cricket’ session at Hayes Muslim Centre in West London alongside the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Post COVID-19 lockdown, Faith Associates and ECB officially re-launched the All Stars Cricket programmes to Faith Institutions across the UK, with Hayes Muslim Centre being the first to start the programme in 2020.
The All Stars Cricket programmes is available to 5-8 year olds in Mosques, Madrassahs and Islamic Centres across the UK. The programme is designed to introduce children to the sport, teaching them new skills, helping them make new friends and have a great time doing so. Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of gifts that include:
- Cricket bat
- Cricket ball
- Personalised shirt with your child’s name
There are over 2,200 clubs and centres registered to run All Stars courses in the UK, Faith Associates are working alongisde the ECB to take this programme to Faith Institutions and ‘Non-traditional cricketing venues’.
Shruti Saujani, Head of Volunteering at the ECB said “It is really great to see Hayes Muslim Centre start the All Stars Cricket Course. In light of what has happened with COVID-19 this year, its amazing to see faith institutions getting involved in these programmes and delivering fun and exciting sessions for children promoting the great sport of Cricket”.
The lead Imam at Hayes Muslim Centre, Imam Arqam, has become the lead activator trained by the ECB to deliver these sessions over the next four weeks – leading cricket drills, exercises and much more.
Encouraging and taking these bespoke cricket programmes to Mosques across the UK fits with Faith Associates’ Beacon Mosque vision – developing and improving the standards of Mosques. Beacon Mosques should be providing services such as All Stars Cricket programmes that improves their quality and variety of service to the community.
It is important to mention the brilliant team at the ECB; Zahra Khamisa, Sangy Theivendra and Justin Preston who have done a brilliant job working to support the Mosque with training, equipment and support in getting this started, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Faith Associates and the ECB look forward to the next few weeks of training and activity at Hayes Mosque with the rest of the All Stars Cricket Programme!