9.4% of young adults (16-25) in London are unemployed, compared with 3.6% of 25 to 64 year olds. This figure is also high than the UK-wide youth unemployment rate of 8.3%.
Youth unemployment rates are higher in inner London than outer London and whilst rates have fallen from a peak of 13.9% in 2013, almost a quarter are in insecure employment. Young adults are also most at risk of being paid less than the London Living Wage.
This is despite 65% of 19 year olds in London having a level 3 qualification, and 59% of the most disadvantaged students in inner London moving into Higher Education.
This landscape of good qualifications but high unemployment is set against a cricketing backdrop of low opportunities. With so few cricket clubs in inner London, there is currently only capacity of 0.06% of inner London's Primary School aged children to take up cricket if they wanted to.
Cricket clubs' junior sections traditionally rely on volunteers and NCVO research shows that across the UK, sports club attract the most volunteers (50%).
However, in deprived, urban areas only around 15% volunteer and in the most deprived areas of inner London, as few as 3% support sport and physical activity. There is strong evidence that those who are degree educated and/or who hold professional job roles are also much more likely to volunteer than those who are not.
75% of the Platform Cricket workforce in in the 16-25 age range.
88% of our volunteer workforce is in the 16-25 age range, reflecting a national increase in the number of young people volunteering but countering trends specific to sport.
Our young volunteer workforce ranges from young people not in any other Employment, Education or Training (NEET) through to those using their experiences to improve Higher Education applications.
As Platform Cricket is in its infancy, the development of our workforce is too, but discussions with partners to establish an exciting cricket leadership scheme in 2020-21 are currently taking place.
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 Musa from Cherry Orchard Primary School in Charlton, London Borough of Greenwich.
His concentration and effort has enabled him to make great progress, despite being new to cricket. For a beginner, his batting technique was remarkable.