Jan Gray interviews Mojeid Ilyas, recently appointed Diverse Communities Development Officer. They talk about some of the issues in improving the take up of cricket amongst the inner city communities of Cardiff and Newport and what Mojeid has done already to raise the profile of cricket as a sport amongst children and their families.
The following is taken from Mojeid's biography in his own words on the Criced Cymru / Cricket Wales website:
'A few years ago, I was made aware of the importance of having positive role models and people that care within the community. As an aspiring young cricketer in Grangetown, many young boys and girls would come up to me for help with their cricket and since then I have made a conscious decision to be a positive influence for the young boys and girls in my local community and not to isolate myself.
I also believe my own experiences coming through the ‘system’ as an ethnic minority holds me in great stead to fully appreciate and understand the challenges that young BAME cricketers face through their time as cricketers when liaising with Glamorgan’s diverse communities’ mentor. Such as the different cultural, familial, or institutional factors that may affect their journey. Therefore, I hope with my experience I can take this opportunity and negate the possibility of any young cricketers facing the same barriers I came across during my development as a cricketer and as an individual. Allowing for them to enjoy the beautiful game of cricket as well as realise their true potential.'
Jan finishes the interview by asking about Mojeid's plans for the coming year. Many are in agreement that his enthusiasm for the game and his willingness to pass this on to others has made him a valuable addition to the Criced Cymru / Cricket Wales team.
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