Interfaith Cricket Scheme Praised In Leeds

April 15, 2010

Author: Simon Rocker

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

An interfaith cricket scheme launched by Leeds Jewish Representative Council has been showcased nationally as a model of bridge-building between communities.

It is the recipient of a £12,000 "Faith in Action" grant from the government-sponsored Community Development Foundation. The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester has received a similar sum for a variety of interfaith ventures.

The Leeds scheme is one of 19 featured in Faith Matters, a new booklet from the CDF highlighting local success stories.

Rep council secretary Keith Ackerman explained: "The idea is to use cricket as a vehicle to get young people of different faiths to play together in mixed teams and beyond that, to use the social interaction to break down preconceptions."