Young cricketers at The Park had had some surprise visitors – when two local PCSOs came to join their session.
PCSOs Higbey and Mair, who both work out of Broadbury Road, took time out of their busy schedules to meet participants at the Wicketz Bristol Knowle hub – and have a chat about their work in the community.
Afterwards they were invited to join the young people in a quick game of soft ball cricket. The youngsters also had the chance to try on the PCSO body armour – and took turns to sit in a police car.
Ten-year-old Jacob Lambert said:“I had no idea the PCSOs worked out of different areas and I found out more about what they do in the community. It was amazing to sit in the police car, turn on the flashing lights and the siren, as I have never done that before…”
Crispin Shingler, Wicketz Development Officer, said “the buzz” created by the PCSOs coming to the cricket session had been “brilliant”.
He said: “It is very clear they care about their communities and want the best for the residents. For that to be communicated to the young people at Wicketz is very inspiring, provides social cohesion for their communities and breaks down barriers that young people may have towards law enforcement.”
PCSO Richard Higbey said: “Our visit to Wicketz was a brilliant opportunity to meet local children, who we took part in a mini cricket match with.
“We showed the children around a police vehicle, chatted to them about our work and roles and got stuck in with the match – in my case losing quite badly!”
Wicketz Bristol Knowle takes place every Tuesday for 8-16s from 4.30– 6pm at The Park. For more information contact Crispin on 07398 211 596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org