The Cricket Without Boundaries project aims to make cricket more accessible for Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Cardiff and create a thriving BME cricket network capable increasing and sustaining participation in cricket.
The project focuses on young people aged 13-25 and provides a range of activities including doorstep clubs, indoor cricket and mid-week cricket.
It is coordinated by Cricket Wales in partnership with Glamorgan CCC and a variety of delivery partners including Welsh Asians, Grangetown Allstars and Cardiff Gymkhana Cricket Clubs plus Cardiff Youth Service, YMCA Plasnewydd, Oasis Cardiff and Sport Cardiff.
In the spirit of breaking down barriers faced by BME communities, Cricket Wales scheduled the launch to take place after Ramadan, hoping to increase participation of children from Muslim families and ensuring the times don’t clash with children who attended Mosque during the holidays.
In total, 7 ‘street’ hubs were set up in places where there was little cricket provision and no infrastructure. Across these hubs 81 children participated with activities arranged on the children’s doorsteps, ensuring there was no logistical disadvantage.
It was also recognised that there was a need for seasonally adjusted activity, given the cold and wet outdoor winter weather. As a result of this the following winter activities have been initiated:
- Cardiff Gymkhana Hub is being set-up and will be at The SSE SWALEC.
- Cardiff Muslim Primary School – after school club and visits to the SSE SWALEC.
- Girls Only Club has begun with the UsGirls project - running every Wednesday from Butetown Pavilion with a female cricket coach.
- Cricket Beyond Boundaries hub also at The SSE SWALEC - Every Saturday morning
- Cricket Beyond Boundaries Half-Term Activity Camp
One of the aims of the project was to develop an informed local network and forum of local leaders and volunteers so that they are ready to sustain this activity. A recruitment campaign took place using social media, word of mouth and attendance at meetings.
10 volunteers became ‘ambassadors’ and these have now progressed to the carry out some Governing Body volunteer training (Coach Activator) and CPD.
Ali Abdi, BME Cricket Coordinator commented: “There's a lot more on offer nowadays to young people so cricket may have fallen off their list of choice, so we've been trying to make it more accessible, unstructured and getting them excited and fun with caged cricket. Its then about signposting them towards clubs in the community to help develop them further."
Looking to the future, the programme is going from strength to strength, along with a girl’s programme being implemented to encourage more girls to play. Cricket without boundaries has reached out to new communities and invited them to experience the joys of playing cricket on their doorstep, breaking down barriers and increasing participation- Howzat!
This story supports the following 2026 objectives:
Get 75% of young people and young adults hooked on sport
Positively target the participation gap within inequality
Deliver a sporting pathway to become a nation of champions