5th - 19th March
Cameroon’s Spring project visited Yaounde and Buea, enjoying the colour, culture and variety of Cameroon as they taught cricket in both French and English speaking schools, embracing all opportunities that crossed their path, including sampling some palm wine, while overcoming plenty of challenges, from language barriers to classic space limitations!
The team were out on project during International Women’s Day (a public holiday in Cameroon) and enjoyed the opportunity to prove “This Girl Can” in Cameroon as well as Britain, showing how sport can develop confidence in girls (and the coaches too!) which is so crucial in the fight against HIV. Their interactions with the national performance squads too showed just how equal a footing the girls were with the boys, indicating a promising future for the sport for women and girls in Cameroon.
Team Cameroon coached a diverse range of students and other young people, from 4 all the way up to 24, and really pushed themselves to battle through hot weather and a few injuries to bring cricket and HIV messaging to over 2,000 students, as well as plenty of teachers who will continue the cricket and messaging when they’re gone. The team reflected on the value of purposeful engagement with HIV messaging in a sports context, how it can frame the conversation positively, with humor and energy, which makes it easier to talk about and, hopefully, remember.
Laura Daniels – Project Leader