Preparations for my trip to Kenya haven't gone too smoothly this month, but I am nearly there. Since the Natwest Women's Series against India has finished, I have spent 4 weeks on a placement with Sky Sports Cricket. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and gained some valuable experience in the world of television. However, this also gave me some contacts to add some prizes to my raffle such as signed memorabilia from Shaun Pollock, Allan Donald and all the Sky Test commentators.
During my placement, I applied for my Kenya visa by post. However, when after two weeks my application and more importantly passport hadn't been returned, I rang up to see what had happened. To my horror they had never received my application so off to the passport office it was. After an appointment at 7.30am, 3 days and not to mention a large some of money later, a shiny new passport arrived in the post. I was glad to see the post was still working.
As we reflect on the outstanding Olympic games that London gave us together with the warmth that it generated in both the UK and beyond there has never been a better time to champion the power of sport for social good.
As no doubt many of you know we have been using cricket over the last 7 years to not only put a smile on over 30,000 African children's faces, but also to help build, empower and inspire communities through sport.
CWB were asked to deliver cricket coaching courses in Lira, Gulu and Arua to teachers between 29th June to 16th July 2012 by the Uganda Cricket Association as part of their cricket development programme in Northern Uganda supported by the ICC and UK Sport. In each town 32 teachers from selected primary and secondary schools were given a 5 day coaching course delivered by Richard Davies, Ed Williams and Lee Booth with assistance from UCA coach Grayce Mutyagaba.
Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) has made two key appointments in technical roles as the charity seeks to increase its work on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention as a delivery partner for the ICC THINKWISE programme.
Will McLaren-Clark has been appointed to the post of Head of CWB's HIV/AIDS group while Amardeep Singh will be the charity's HIV/AIDS specialist.
"I've been meaning to go on a trip with 'cricket without boundaries' for years. No really, I was planning on applying to go in my gap year but unfortunately I couldn't as I was due to play for a club in Australia and couldn't miss the start of their season.
Claire Fallis, the Botswana Country Manager, reports on the Spring 2012 trip.
The team met on a grey morning at Heathrow airport, preparing to spend two, what would turn out to be amazing weeks together in the beautiful Botswana.
UK-based charity Cricket Without Boundaries are to to deliver a cricket development project in Northern Uganda in partnership with the Uganda Cricket Association, the ICC and UK Sport.
Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) has been working in developing nations since 2005 and has, to date, helped to provide cricket training to more than 30,000 youngsters and 2,000 coaches while spreading vital messages about HIV and AIDS.
CWB and Martin Berrill Sports continue growing partnership
CWB is delighted to announce that Martin Berrill Sports will continue to provide Flik Cricket equipment for CWB projects, with the organisation now recognised as an official supplier of the charity.
The influence and reach of Cricket Without Boundaries has continued to strengthen with volunteers returning from no less than four successful visits which have seen more than 6,000 young Africans coached in cricket.
Teams of volunteers have visited Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and most recently Botswana, working to train youngsters and coaches while passing on the HIV/AIDS message as part of the Spring 2012 projects.
In a really exciting development Cricket Without Boundaries will deliver its first project to Cameroon in November 2012.
Cameroon has a solid foundation in terms of its Cricket development and are now keen to harness the unique way CWB tackles HIV and Aids awareness.