On the 1st February 2019, at Elmhurst Primary School, women from Newham celebrated their achievements in a pilot project run by Capital Kids Cricket.
CKC ran a 12 week project at Elmhurst Primary school with mothers and their children to attend exercise classes and play cricket every Friday morning. In collaboration with Essex Cricket Board, this pilot project was very successful and there has been significant improvements in the daily lives of many of the participants.
The end of project celebration was attended by 30 ladies. Special guests included Head of Cricket Operations of Essex Cricket Dan Feist, Headteacher of Elmhurst Primary School Sukwinder Samra, CEO of CKC Shahidul Alam Ratan.
They attended women only aerobics and cricket sessions run by our tutor. 6 ladies received special awards for their commitments. They are Syrina Salam, Tahmina Pathan, Jomila Akther, Syeda Rehela Akter, Nirali Parekh, Raminder Norula. For volunteering, coordination and services to the community, Saleha Ahmed was awarded the first of our “CKC Champions” plaques.
After receiving her CKC Champions award Saleha Ahmed said, “On behalf of all, I would like to thank school, Essex and CKC. We hope this inspiring project continue not only here but across Newham. Number of us are looking forward to attend cricket activators course”.
Syrina Salam said, “We needed a motivator and someone who can inspire us. This was our tutor, we are so grateful, and we hope she continue with us many more weeks. This is not only our exercise class, but we take this as our socialising time which we don’t do very often”.
While receiving her award Nirali Parekh said, “We would like to thank CKC, Essex and School for organising these classes. I was suffering with a neck pain for sometimes. After some exercise advised by my teacher it is completely gone, and I don’t have to visit my GP”.
Dan Feist of Essex said, “We will support as much as we can and work around cricket leaders to continue to grow the game among women and girls”.
Headteacher of Elmhurst Primary School Sukwinder Samra said: “I am delighted to see the impact of this pilot project among the parents. I would like to thank Essex, CKC and particularly the inspiring tutors. The school will accommodate cricket on Saturdays and continue work with CKC and Essex to expand their activities."
Home cooked refreshments prepared by the parents were served with fresh juice after the presentation. The healthy food also was part of the project.