Junior Heritage Project

lcvys_logoIn 2004, Red Rose Sports Club received support from the Lancashire Council for Voluntary Youth Service (LCVYS) to undertake a project looking at the rate of Cricket within South Asian Communities.

Background to the Project

Surveys on the participation levels amongst South Asians in Sport are not in abundance, however a number a number do exist. Carroll (93), in undertaking a survey in Greater Manchester found that the following were the most popular sports.

Popular Sports in Males
Bangladeshi Pakistanis Indians
Football (85%) Football (54%) Snooker (75%)
Snooker (43%) Snooker (49%) Football (59%)
Badminton (42%) Cricket (32%) 6th – Cricket (19%)


Popular Sports in Females
Bangladeshi Pakistanis Indians
Badminton (55%) Badminton (67%) Badminton (50%)
Carramboard (41%) Keep Fit (55%) Swimming (50%)
Dancing (32%) Swimming (19%) Keep Fit (31%)

A more comprehensive survey was undertaken by Sport England, in it’s first ever national survey on partitipation rates amongst minority ethnic communities in 2000.

The survey found that:

  • Overall partitipation rates amongst minority ethnic communities was 40%, whilst the national average was 46%
  • The national average for partitipation in Cricket was 2% for men, however for Pakistani men it was 10%, Indian men it was 6%.
  • For women, the national average wa 11%, whilst for Bangladeshi women it was 2%, Pakistani women 2%.
  • The top rankings of sport partitipation for males is as follows
Top Rankings of Sport Partitipation for Males
Indians Pakistanis Bangladeshi
Walking (36%) Walking (26%) Walking (22%)
Snooker (18%) Football (16%) Snooker (14%)
Football (13%) Snooker (11%) Football (14%)
Swimming (10%) Cricket (10%) Swimming (13%)
7th – Cricket (6%) 9th – Cricket (2%)

Whilst very few surveys have been undertaken amongst those South Asians that arived in Britian in the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s is seems appranent that there is a shift in the popularity of sports amongst the older generation and the generation brought up in Britain in the last 40 years.

Project Aim

This heritage project is attempting to look at how Cricket has shaped sports participation in the South Asian community. The project will identify 10 young people and their parents to see if theor is a shift in perceptions of cricket.

  1. Task Group – 20 People (10 young people aged 11 to 19 and their parents)
  2. Questionnaires – Each participating parent and child completed a questionnaire
    Child Questionnaire
    Parent Questionnaire
  3. Player Task – Each young person was asked to undertake a small task about their favorite cricketer.
    Player Task Form