The Platform Cricket Programme is an exciting initiative aimed at supporting more young people from deprived and BAME backgrounds in London to develop in and through cricket.
We create new “Pop Up” youth cricket clubs in areas where there is currently little to no provision and we work directly with schools to recruit new participants. These activities are set-up to remove as many of the known barriers to voluntary participation as possible but importantly they also feature opportunities for young people to positively replace and address the reasons why they may otherwise fall into poor health, antisocial behaviour and crime in later years.
The community-based activities aim to incubate young peoples’ interest in the game, and develop their skills adequately so that transition into an established, mainstream cricket club becomes more likely from 11 years old and upwards.
By the end of 2020-21 we are scheduled to have worked with c.300 Primary Schools as part of 30 Platform Cricket Hubs across 14 inner London Boroughs.
The charity that sits behind the Platform Cricket Programme is the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation (THYSF).
When the Government ended national funding for the School Sport Partnership programme in 2012, THYSF was created as a successor to the local scheme that had transformed PE and sport in Tower Hamlets since 2004.
For a number of years the charity continued with the same focus and our work propelled Tower Hamlets into one of the top ten London boroughs for youth sport for the first time in 2017. However, in 2018 our relationship with Tower Hamlets Council changed and the charity was forced to decrease in size and refocus its purpose.
The result is a narrower sporting focus but wider geographical focus, that still supports the charity’s original objectives of providing sport, leisure and health services to communities of inner London, in the interests of social welfare and to provide specific support to children and young people who have a need of such by reason of their age, infirmity/disablement, poverty or social/economic circumstances, with the object of improving the conditions of life.
Despite significant changes in recent years, the charity has benefitted from some stability as the current Chair of Trustees and the Programme Manager have been in post since its inception in 2012.
Salary/Rate of Pay: n/a
Contract Type: n/a
Location: Central London
Hours: Min. 4 meetings per year
Closing Date: 26/02/21 (5pm)
Over 500 wards in London feature populations with either 25%+ children from disadvantaged backgrounds or 50%+ BAME backgrounds, yet only 0.03% of children in central London could take up cricket now, even if they wished to.
That’s why we know that the Platform Cricket programme has huge potential – both in bringing greater equality and diversity into cricket and supporting personal and social development for children in London.
We are seeking 1-3 new trustees that can support our charity through an exciting period of rebuilding and change, which will equip it to effectively address our objectives.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Foundation, and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives, and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal requirements, and regulatory guidelines.
We need candidates who:
· Demonstrate sound integrity and critical thinking skills
· Work well as part of a team and are good communicators
· Possess an energy and enthusiasm that can drive the charity towards fulfilling its potential
· Have some experience of corporate governance (although previous experience as a trustee is not necessary)
· Have a passion for at least two of the charity’s three focusses: Disadvantaged children & young people, London, and Sport
It would also be desirable for candidates to:
· Have some experience of the charitable/third sector
· Hold a broad understanding of schools/education in the UK
· Have a working knowledge of cricket in the UK
Amongst the trustees we are seeking to recruit, we are specifically looking for at least one candidate with a financial/accountancy background who can support the charity’s finance sub-committee.
Our charity is committed to the safeguarding of young people and as such all successful applicants will be expected to either hold or undergo an Enhanced DBS Check.
How to apply:
- Please send an up to date CV and covering email message to Duncan Sagar (Trustee):