Training weekend Spring 2013

Feb 06 2013

There is now less than two weeks to go until the first CWB trip of 2013 heads out to Africa.

And having overcome late January's wintry weather, all 26 new volunteers showed they are more than ready for the adventure ahead during a fantastic training weekend at Finham Park School in Coventry.

Over two action-packed days the 'Class of Spring 2013' met their new team mates, discussed their itineraries and got to grips with incorporating the vital HIV/AIDS messages into their coaching.

The weekend started with some team bonding as everyone was introduced to their country groups knowing that by the end of the weekend new friendships will have been formed that will last a lifetime.

The group was welcomed by new host Carl Ferguson and CWB Trustee Ed Williams, before being brought up to speed with the latest HIV/AIDS facts and figures. They were also told how raising awareness through cricket is a vital part of our coaching in Africa before being given a chance to put this into practice during skills-based sessions in the sports hall.

tw spring2013aSupported by our team of resident tutors the volunteers were split into two different groups dependent on previous experience and given the chance to come up with ways of incorporating the HIV/AIDS messages into different skills and drills.

By the end of the weekend, all new coaches successfully passed the CWB minimum coaching standard, while the more experienced coaches learned new drills and games to help them to "expect the unexpected" when things invariably don't go to plan in Africa.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the cricket challenges on the final day which allowed each of the four teams to harness their competitive side. Despite a certain outspoken confidence from team Rwanda, they ended up being put in their place by a triumphant team Uganda 2 led by Jamie Burton.

Back in the classroom all the groups were briefed about their host country and the important additional roles that need to be fulfilled including blogging and team welfare. The impressive haul of new and recycled cricket kit was also divided up in order to be donated to the host cricket associations following the end of each trip.

Sally Harper, CWB training co-ordinator said: "I would sincerely like to thank all the volunteers for committing their time and energy to CWB and for all their tremendous fundraising efforts. After successfully completing the training weekend, we feel confident that they will be fantastic ambassadors for our charity and we welcome them to our cricket family. I can't wait to hear about their adventures."

Due to upcoming elections in Kenya and a cricket tournament in Botswana, this year's Spring trips include three to different parts of Uganda and one to Rwanda.

You can find more about the Rwanda Autumn 2012 trip here

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Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK registered charity (number 1154576) that uses cricket as a vehicle for delivering health and social messages in sub-Saharan Africa. It is run almost entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers.
Since its formation in 2005 CWB has become one of the world's leading Cricket Development charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket.