Northern has joined forces with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) to support young people in the community.

The new partnership will see Northern provide supported travel and help to young people across a number of the YCF’s Participation programmes.

This includes Wicketz  – a community cricket programme, in partnership with The Lord Taverners, which aims to make a lasting positive impact on those living in low socio-economic areas, using free cricket and education sessions and events as the hook, and in Yorkshire is currently running in Leeds, Bradford and Hull.

Matthew Crookes, the Wicketz development officer across Leeds and Bradford for YCF, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Northern and helping support young people travel across Yorkshire and take part in community events.

“Together this partnership can help open up opportunities and break down barriers for young people from low socio-economic backgrounds and we look forward to working closely with Northern.

“Due to the continued rise in the cost of living this could be a very difficult and challenging year for a lot of families and paying for transport to community events or sessions can present an added stress.

“But by working together with Northern, we’re using our platform to break down barriers around travel and transport for young people and provide the local community with fun cricket activities.”

Tony Baxter, regional director at Northern, said: “At Northern, the communities we serve are always at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to be able champion the YCF’s Participation programmes in this way, as well as highlight the fantastic work of the they do.”

“We’re pleased to be able to support the work the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation do in the community and to deliver such a wide-ranging positive impact across the region and beyond.”