The Go Green Youth Cricket team challenged the Toronto Police Cricket Club (TPCC) to christen the new cricket pitch at the Valley Park Sports Field.
An opening ceremony for the cricket field was held before the June 4 game that saw youth from Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park neighbourhoods play a T20 match against the Toronto Police Cricket Team.
Adjacent to Valley Park Middle School, the sports field now has training facilities and fields for cricket, soccer, baseball and basketball. According to the Go Green Valley Park mission statement, this multi sports field will provide a cricket field for at-risk youth in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park. The primary goal of this project is to extend a welcoming bridge to mostly new immigrants and to keep youth active, healthy and engaged by introducing various free sports and recreational programming.
The event was attended by many dignitaries including the Honourable Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Police Services Board Chair Alok Mukherjee and the Counsel General of Pakistan Asghar Ali Golo. The Chief’s Ceremonial Unit and Mounted officers were also in attendance and greeted many local residents who attended the event.
Toronto Police Cricket Club have partnered with the committee of Go Green Valley Park sports field to encourage TPS officers and local youth interaction. I've been working with the Go Green Valley Park planning committee since its inauguration in 2010, and assisted the committee in various capacities including linking officers with youth.
The Go Green youth team batted first and made 208 runs in their allotted twenty overs with the loss of 6 wickets. This was an enormous total for TPS to chase but TPCC successfully reached the target with one over and one ball remaining. The final total at the end was TPCC 209 for 4 wickets in 18.5 overs. The TPCC team displayed excellent team work, sportsmanship and professionalism not to only win the game but also to won the hearts of many spectators who attended the event.
Constable Godwin Alfred received the best batsman trophy for his outstanding knock of 63 runs.
Constable Mustafa Popalzai received the Most Valuable Player trophy for his all-round performance.
The Go Green Youth team played excellent cricket and all their players should be commended for their determination and hard work in the field. TPCC will continue to establish positive relationship with the youths of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park neighbourhoods through the sports of cricket.