Pakistan legend Wasim Akram to launch StreetChance expansion

Wasim Akram will join kids from ‘StreetChance supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports’ to help launch the national expansion of the programme. The launch takes place on 1 September at Old Trafford Sports Barn in Manchester with an inter-city tournament for StreetChance participants from London, Dewsbury, Birmingham and Manchester.

The national expansion will see StreetChance launch in six new cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Dewsbury, Hull (2012), Liverpool (2012) and Manchester) and further expanding to 20 London Boroughs, the programme aims to engage more than 16,000 young people, train and mentor more than 200 teachers, 250 local young coaches and volunteers, and to create more than 1,600 young leaders in schools over the next three years.

StreetChance launched in London in 2008, and since then 15,000 young people have benefitted from over 5,000 hours of cricket and social inclusion activity.

StreetChance strategically partners with the Metropolitan Police Service and local County Constabularies across the cities where StreetChance sessions run to create positive relationships between young people and police. The project aims to increase aspiration, promote mutual respect, and enhance relationships with others, including schools, police and the wider community by engaging through cricket. StreetChance sessions are totally free of charge.

To find out more about StreetChance, visit: http://www.streetchance.co.uk

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