Set up three years, ago the StreetChance initiative uses cricket to engage young people from a range of backgrounds in areas affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour.
The initiative initially ran at schools, sports halls and community centres in 10 London boroughs, but has since expanded to 15 London boroughs and spread to parts of Birmingham and Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.
Its key focus is the teens involved in inner city “postcode gangs” and workers go into schools and estates to promote the project and encourage eight- to 18-year-olds to join in.
StreetChance uses Street 20, a quick, easy to play and accessible version of cricket that involves limited equipment.
The PE class is a great setting for teaching children social skills and Teaching Children Responsible Behavior: A Complete Toolkit is an easy-to-use resource to impart those skills to Primary School-aged children.
This book and CD-ROM package defines three levels for teaching responsible behaviour – respect, challenge and teamwork, and provides unit plans and tools to bring those lessons to life.
The concepts are taught and reinforced through several resources such as children’s stories that introduce and reinforce the three key concepts, ready-to-use activities and sample block plans that show how you might use the resources.