The Platform Cricket season came to a dramatic climax on Sunday 23rd July, with Nunhead Knights seeing off former champions Hither Green Hawks in a closely-fought final.
Thousands of children have picked up bats and balls this summer, at 1 of Platform Cricket's 44 Hubs across London - from Battersea in the south-west to Highams Park in the north-east, and Neasden in the north-west to Thamesmead in the south-east.
The Mini Super 8s Finals' Day held at Blackheath Cricket Club saw 16 teams once again representing their areas, and vying for the title of London champions.
A hotly contested set of group games saw Nunhead Knights, Hither Green Hawks, Sydenham Sonics and Wapping Wolverines progressing to the finals' stage.
The Nunhead Knights team saw off Sydenham Sonics and then Hither Green Hawks in their final match, to secure an inaugural title for the Peckham Rye Park based side.
Although the Platform Cricket programme is positioned to bring children into cricket who may otherwise be missed, the experiences of one Nunhead Knights player demonstrated another benefit to the project. His father commented "My son has been to two local cricket clubs and for one reason and another, hasn't enjoyed the experience. I was afraid the enthusiasm he once had was fading but the excellent coaching at his Hub sessions and the experience at today's festival have entirely rekindled his interest."
Each week our coaches identify a PLAYER OF THE WEEK from the 3,000+ children we work with, as a recognition of their talent, efforts or improvement.
This week's PLAYER OF THE WEEK Award goes to Khadija from Ark Globe Primary in Elephant & Castle, Southwark. Khadija’s batting has particularly impressed our coaches - she has combined an excellent technique with a lot of power hitting.