Having been entrusted with the role of Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, one of my core objectives was to raise the profile of the Trent Bridge Community Trust.
I am very proud of the achievements of Tracey Francis and her team of officers to establish programmes that continue to make a meaningful impact in our communities and there have been some key successes which deserve particular attention.
Positive Futures, our flagship programme, has grown hugely. Initially working in Cotgrave, we expanded into Hawtonville, Newark and continue to engage young people at risk of social exclusion across the county.
The statistical impact and the human stories that have emerged from the programme are incredible and I am delighted to have been able to pledge funding to ensure that the scheme continues to deliver beyond the original three-year commitment and that Mark Clifford, the project co-ordinator, has become a permanent member of our team.
Anti-social behaviour continues to decrease at an astonishing rate with 28% fewer incidents reported in the past 6 months. The two social enterprises established by young people, Allsorts Accessories and Allsorts Canapés, continue to provide training and employment opportunities whilst generating income to perpetuate their own impact.
Our schemes have attracted the support of professional cricketers, Olympic athletes, government ministers and multinational corporations and the recognition of our governing body, public sector partners and awarding bodies but the greatest endorsement of all comes from the young people themselves.
We continue to expand our social inclusion programmes with a vision to become a leading provider, trusted to deliver tangible outcomes in areas prioritised by public sector partners.
The opportunity for exposure presented by our status as Investec Ashes Series hosts will, we hope, accelerate the process of the Trust earning recognition in its own right.
We are proud to be members of the Ashes Legacy Partnership. Under this banner, we will be working to unite international cricket venues for the first time with a mission to provide community benefits and lasting legacy during and after our time in the spotlight.
Since the launch of our Trust, countless personal stories have emerged of young people who have prospered having been given the one thing they needed – a sporting chance.
Our mission, quite simply, is to provide that chance to more young people by ensuring that our schemes continue to prosper.
Lisa Pursehouse, Chairman – Trent Bridge Community Trust