"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.
Once again this year saw CWB hold two recruitment days in Birmingham and London.
Saturday 31st March saw us return to St Philips Chambers Birmingham. Once again we are indebted to St Philips for the Pro Bono use of facilities, refreshments and delicious shortbread biscuits.
Once again this unique volunteer run charity continues to make a real and lasting difference to developing the game of cricket in Africa and using it to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Over the spring CWB delivered 4 projects in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Botswana. In the process over 4500 children were coached and importantly for sustainability almost 400 new coaches were trained. We are, as always, immensely grateful for the hard work not only from all our volunteers but also from the national cricket associations in each country, without whom none of what we do would be possible.
A team of volunteers have recently returned from Uganda following a successful 17 day trip to 3 centres in the East. The team, made up of members of the Belvoir Cricket Trust led by Paul Rowe and Richard Davies, visited Masaka, Kasese and Fort Portal. The team trained over 500 kids and 60 coaches and made a lasting impression on everyone they came into contact with.
The Uganda Cricket Association (“UCA”) won the ICC Africa Region Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative for its project with CWB in 2011. CWB in conjunction with Uganda Cricket Association ran an AIDS/HIV awareness campaign in six districts in Uganda.
The awareness campaign’s theme was 'Bowling AIDS of Uganda'. Through this programme local communities were empowered through coach training and coaching. All areas visited were supported with basic equipment while t-shirts with the theme of the programme were distributed to participants. The awareness campaign was run by incorporating of coaching drills with messages.