"I just want to say what a great day it was at the National Street20 finals. You had over 200 kids from all over the uk engaging in sport in a safe environment, & thanks for inviting me to give a talk about drugs & knife crime. Since then I've had some really positive messages from the youngters on my web site . I also think what you are doing is fantastic as your giving these kids the opportunity to play sport and be educated at the same time and i am sure between us we changed some lives and pointed alot of them in the right direction P.S Didn't see 1 unhappy face all day the whole place was full of smiles ."
Ministerial Support For Street Elite Programme
Jun 6, 2012
Street Elite, the groundbreaking back-to-work community project pioneered by Cricket for Change and The Lord's Taverners (and supported by The Berkeley Group) has received the support of Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, who attended one of the scheme’s 'Take Back the Streets' sports festivals at the Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Centre in White City, London.
Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, said: "Initiatives like Street Elite are helping to ensure youngsters within the UK are being given an opportunity and the skillset to get back into education and ultimately employment.
"It has been great to see the graduates from the Street Elite programme leading the fight and passing their enthusiasm and knowledge to the youngsters in their local boroughs.
"Schemes like these are targeting the roots of the problems which are dividing so many communities and it is refreshing to see the way sport can change them for the better."
Street Elite is a programme that uses sport to help disadvantaged young people develop the confidence and skills to get back into education and find work. At a time when the drop in sports participation amongst 16-19 year olds has become increasingly topical, Street Elite also shows there is positive work taking place on the streets of the Capital.
Over the past six months the Street Elite scheme, supported by the Berkeley Group, has trained a group of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) and seen them gain coaching qualifications in cricket, rugby and futsal. The participants have since organised sessions with youngsters on local housing estates, inspiring them to get involved in sport and other positive activities which help address the kind of disillusion which led to the August 2011 riots across much of the country.
(original article from Cricket World.com on 31st May 2012)