They may live in one of the planet's coldest countries, but the Oslo Aliens have certainly warmed to the idea of Cricket Without Boundaries, with the club agreeing to undertake regular fundraising for the charity.
Another successful CWB training weekend, but this was with a Duchess' approval!
Last weekend saw the training weekend for the CWB Spring trips take place at Belvoir High school in rural Nottinghamshire. The weekend was hosted by the Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust (BCCT) who themselves are sending a team of volunteers to Uganda (including ex first class cricketer Darren Bicknell).
Captain Robert Scott V's Rauld Amundsen – the rematch
On the 17th January 1912, Captain Scott and his team reached the South Pole only to find that they had been beaten by Raul Amundsen who had arrived 5 weeks earlier. In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary, the Captain Scott Invitation XI took on an Amundsen XI in a 20 over cricket match just outside Oslo, Norway.
Games of cricket are not too common in Oslo, Norway... even less so in the middle of an icy winter where temperatures have regularly been below -10 degrees. Such trivial matters do not perturb the Captain Scott's XI cricket team however. The world famous team (thanks to being the subject of classic books such as "Penguins Stopped Play") are about to make a trip to the Norwegian capital to take part in an "Arctic Challenge", which includes a rather unique game of ice cricket. Given the match ably demonstrates the concept of "Cricket Without Boundaries", the team were inspired to raise money for the charity as part of the event.
Cricket Without Boundaries Kenya team, who will depart for the East African nation in February 2012, will be the third CWB group to work with the Maasai Warriors project in Nanyuki, continuing what has developed into one of the most successful partnerships in the history of CWB.
Cricket without Boundaries partner with Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust
CWB and the Belvoir Trust have started what promises to be a very fruitful working relationship. The trust is headed up by Chairman Phil O'Brien and Director ex Surrey and Nottinghamshire cricketer Darren Bicknell, both of whom will be volunteering with CWB on the spring Uganda trip. The key aim of the Belvoir Trust is getting young people active and engaged in the countryside.
Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), the leading UK cricket development and AIDS awareness charity has appointed Surrey Cricket Development Manager, Simon Hards, to be the Country Manager for Uganda.
Head of Cricket Development at Essex Country Cricket Club Cricket Development heads up CWB Kenya Country Manager role
Essex Head of Cricket Development, Tracey Davies will be heading up the CWB Country Manager role for Kenya.
In preparation for World AIDS day on 1 December read the Guardian Newspaper article all about the fantastic Massai warriors playing cricket in Kenya and importantly how they use HIV/AIDS awareness messages in their sessions. The article kindly mentions CWB's involvement in helping to coach the Massai. Well done Aliya! We will be back in the Spring to carry on the good work.
World Aids Day is on 1st December 2011 and CWB are fully behind the global campaign to target delivery of an AIDS-free generation.
With its continuing work in Sub Saharan Africa promoting Positive Awareness of HIV/AIDS through cricket, CWB are adding their weight to the fight against this terrible epidemic.