Bury Cricket Club

Completed: 2019
Location: Bury, Greater Manchester
Region: North West
Other local partners: Sport England

About the project

Bury Cricket Club is a long-established and prominent sports club in the local area, which is one of the 20% most deprived wards in the UK. The club applied to VIY for help to construct perimeter picket fencing to improve the appearance and security of the grounds and also, at the same time, to engage more potential female members at the club.

Over the course of two project phases, 21 young female volunteers were involved: 14 referred by Lancashire County Women’s Cricket Regional Development Centre and seven from Bury College. Most of the participants were first-time volunteers and all of the college students were new to cricket. Working together with VIY trade skills mentors, all of the young volunteers had the opportunity to try their hands at a mix of jobs, covering groundwork and fence-building, and 14 of the participants successfully achieved an Entry Level 3 City & Guilds Carpentry Skills Accreditation in the process.

The club was really pleased with the results of the project and the enthusiasm and positivity that the young people brought to the club. Matthew Metcalfe, chairman at Bury Cricket Club, said the following: “Imran, the VIY Lead Mentor, and his team did a great job in enthusing the young volunteers and the very positive working relationship between the mentors and the volunteers was clear to see. It’s easy to sometimes be jaded about young people and their willingness to involve themselves in community activities, but this project was a great reminder that there are thousands of young people who, if the right button can be pressed at the right time, will metaphorically move mountains for you. The girls did a great job and hopefully we can continue to involve them with the club.”

The girls had a great time. They threw themselves into the challenge and really got something out of it. They loved working as a team, constantly looking for more challenges and using their initiative. A really successful project for both the girls and the club. Jen Barden, Women & Girls Manager for Lancashire County Cricket
The experience gave me practical skills that I haven’t learnt on my college course. I also really enjoyed the atmosphere on the project and it helped settle the worries I had about being able to fit into such an environment. I've also never thought about playing cricket before but I'm going to give it a try now! Sam Dewhurst, a student at Bury College
This project was a great opportunity for our students to work away from their normal college environment. Some of them have very little experience outside of college and so projects like this really help to build their confidence and general employability skills. Mark Forden, Construction Skiils Manager at Bury College