Essex Cricket join landmark Barking & Dagenham project launch


Essex Cricket were pleased to be part of an exciting new project in the the Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Batsmen, Nick Browne and Tom Westley were joined by West Ham United Captain, Mark Noble to mark the construction of the Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone; a purpose-built facility for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.

It will also be London’s first OnSide Youth Zone thanks to the support of project partners Barking and Dagenham Council, The Queen’s Trust and Jack Petchey Foundation and is set to open in 2019.


Pictured: Nick Browne, Cllr Darren Rodwell (Barking & Dagenham Council), Tom Westley

This infrastructure of facilities is based upon OnSide Youth Zones 21st Century Youth Facility Model and young people from across Barking and Dagenham will have access to all these fantastic facilities for a cost of £5 for an annual membership and 50p per visit. The Youth Zone will provide a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves and will enable young people to raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation.

The event attracted vast press coverage and Tom Westley spoke with TalkSport about the event, whilst also sharing his England ambitions in 2018.