Breaking Boundaries Bradford Volunteering with Lauren Mudd

Breaking Boundaries is a three-year programme (2018 –2021) funded by Spirit of 2012, supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and The Institute of Community Cohesion (Icoco).


We sat down with our Bradford City Coordinator Lauren Mudd to reflect on her experiences of volunteering in partnership with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation!

  1. How did you become a part of Breaking Boundaries city team?

I knew about the Breaking Boundaries project in 2019, I was working for Yorkshire Cricket Foundation at the time and I worked in partnership with the previous Community Coordinator, Laura Purcell.

I first started working on the Breaking Boundaries project in February 2020 interim, interviews were meant to take place in March 2020, however, due to Covid-19, these got delayed until August 2020. After interviews took place, I was successful in my interview and started full time in September 2020.


  1. What attracted you to take part in volunteering?

Throughout university I wanted to gain as much work experience as possible, I had to complete 150 hours of a work placement and I wanted to complete this somewhere that I could learn more about Sport Development.

I really wanted to learn more about working in the Sport Development sector and the best way to do this was through volunteering. I really wanted to better myself and try new things before I left university.

I never knew what I wanted to really do once I left University, however, once I completed my work placement and other volunteering with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) I knew that's what I wanted to do going forward with my career.


  1. What would you say are the best things you've learnt through your training/coordinator role and you use in your volunteering?

The best things I have learnt throughout my role on Breaking Boundaries is that you have to be able to be flexible and adapt. Due to Covid-19 and a lot of work moving to online platforms, you have to be able to adapt and change the way you work.

This is a brand new thing for everybody to go through & everyone has come together to support each other. I would say going forward, this will help me keep that flexible working style and adapt to my surroundings.


  1. Tell us about the volunteering you have done?

I volunteered with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation a lot throughout my time at university. I volunteered on the Wicketz project during my work placement.

After this work placement ended, I continued to volunteer with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, I was involved in different projects and assisted the project lead.

Through my volunteering with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, I gained many skills such as completing a Level 2 Cricket Coaching course and after completing university, my volunteering lead me to part time paid opportunities with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

Throughout my final year of university I completed a team project for my final year major independent study, along with 2 other students to complete our final year dissertation piece.

Our task was to set up a new Wicketz hub in Bradford, this was a successful project which is still a sustained session upon completing the project.


  1. Has your volunteering brought people together from different backgrounds in your community? 

Yes, when I was volunteering with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation on different projects, their projects brought people together from different backgrounds.


  1. How important is it for young people like yourself to be involved in volunteering and why?

I think it's important for young people to gain as much experience as they possibly can before entering into the world of work. It's a great chance to be able to try new things and gain as much knowledge as they can.

Volunteering can open many doors and provide many opportunities you may not get without volunteering.


  1. What difference do you hope to make in your local community through your volunteering?   

I hope to inspire more people to volunteer, it's never to late to do voluntary work and develop more skills.


  1. What has been your most inspirational moment in volunteering? If possible, relate this back to your role as the Breaking Boundaries Coordinators

My most inspirational moment volunteering was setting up the new Wicketz hub in Bradford & overall resulting in a 1st in my Major Independent Study. 

It is amazing to see something that I contributed to setting up, is still sustainably running (delivery on hold at the moment due to Covid-19).


  1. If you had to describe your experience of Volunteering in three sentences what would you say?

I would say that volunteering provides people with many skills and knowledge that you may not gain if it wasn't for volunteering.

It changes the way you think about a lot of things and provides a lot of experience you can't gain without volunteering.


  1. During this period of lockdown do you have any advice you would like to share on how to volunteer to share with young people?

I would say if you get given an opportunity to volunteer at all, TAKE IT!! You never know what doors it may lead you to.

Ask your neighbour if they would like any help with their shopping (keeping yourself safe at the same time). Volunteer with your local sports club, complete a work placement, if you're at college or university, ask your tutors for work placements or support to get a work placement.

The experience and skills you gain from volunteering will help you in the future.