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Hampshire Cricket pros offer free masterclasses to youngsters

Talented young cricketers got the chance to play at The Ageas Bowl after completing their first summer of coaching and competitive fixtures with The Hampshire Hawks City Academy.

The participants also enjoyed a bowling masterclass with Hampshire duo Keith Barker and Mohammad Abbas – who claimed over 100 wickets between them in 2022 alone.

The programme, which began in November 2021, was created to provide access to high quality cricket coaching and facilities for young people in inner-city areas. Hampshire Hawks City Academy started working in Southampton where over 3,200 children and young people took part in taster sessions across 20 schools.

It is the result of a partnership between Hampshire Cricket and Cantell School, in collaboration with Hampshire Cricket Board and Lord’s Taverners Wicketz programme. The group want to grow the Hawks Academy throughout the country and provide more youngsters with the opportunity to play and train in inspirational settings.

Sam Moss, Urban Cricket Development Officer for Hampshire Cricket Board, said: 

“The Hampshire Hawks City Academy, with wonderful support from the Lord’s Taverners Wicketz programme – is all about providing free access to top level cricket coaching, facilities and amenities to those young people who are otherwise disadvantaged in accessing such provision, especially in inner city areas where cricketing infrastructure might be limited.”

Harry Kutty, Headteacher at Cantell School, commented: 

“We were really passionate about the Hampshire Hawks City Academy from the outset and the opportunity it presented to open elite level instruction up to a more diverse group of young people. To see the first cycle of the programme, complete with youngsters getting the chance to step foot and play on the famous outfield at The Ageas Bowl is incredibly pleasing. We look forward to continuing to support as the programme grows into other cities and urban areas in 2023 and beyond.’’ 

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