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Ekota Cricket Academy celebrate All Stars

Muhammad Ismael

EKOTA CRICKET ACADEMY celebrated the completion of the summer All Stars Cricket Programme with an awards night for young participants and their parents. A competitive game finished off with a prize giving ceremony and healthy snacks for all.

The event at Goodmayes Park – with a mixture of young people from Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham – started off with an exciting T10 cricket game featuring the participants alongside Barking & Dagenham Councillors Evelyn Carpenter; Muhammad Saleem; Essex County Cricket Board Member Forhad Hussain; Arfan Akram; Essex County Cricket Club (ECCC) and East London Cricket Co-ordinator, Coach Abdul Hamid; and Head Coach Emdad Rahman.

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter said, “It’s so nice to see so many happy faces, both young and old. The most important thing here is everybody has had a lot of fun!”

Arfan Akram added, “This is a big programme and I’m very impressed with the engagement and the passion of the young people and their parents. Hopefully these are the first steps for these participants to enjoy a positive long lasting relationship with the game of cricket.”

Ekota Academy CEO Mizanur Rahman concluded, “Our vision is to make sports both accessible and enjoyable, and over the course of the summer we have done just that. I’m really proud at how our players, parents and volunteers have gelled. I’m confident we can continue to install good sporting disciplines and values in a fun and safe environment.”

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