by Steve Adshead

Former GCCC player, Steve Adshead has provided an exclusive report on his recent trip to Kenya.

It’s been nearly two months since I returned from my charity trip to Kenya with Cricket Without Boundaries. Whilst the demands of a new career outside the game on top of running a coaching business has given me little opportunity to sit down and write this report, the time has allowed me to reflect on what we experienced and managed to achieve.

Co-founder and trustee, Ed Williams has written an article for Al Jazerra about the Charity's journey from its formation and its first trip from Cairo to Cape Town, to its present state as one of the most innovative sports and HIV charities in Africa.

On 29-30 January CWB held a Training weekend for all 25 of Spring volunteers at Bluecoat School in Harborne Birmingham.

CWB celebrated our 5th Anniversary with a gala fundraising dinner at Lord's on 12th October 2010. It was a fitting setting as, 5 years before to the day, the 3 founding trustees of CWB arrived at the Grace Gate at Lord’s to meet with John Stephenson and Chris Cowdrey for a photoshoot before starting the first CWB project in Africa.

CWB have signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Uganda Cricket Association. Meeting at the UCA’s offices in Kampala, CWB Trustees, Andy Hobbs, Chris Kangis and Ed Williams entered into an MOU which will commit both CWB and UCA to working together over the next 5 years. The agreement provides for regular projects by CWB, together with the delivery of equipment and clothing. In return the UCA will both organise CWB’s itinerary and act as host, as well as ensuring that AIDS awareness messages are incorporated into Ugandan Cricket.

Last February CWB partnered with the MCW and 28 Too Many to deliver its first FGM project in Kenya. Female Genital mutilation also known as cutting is an abusive practice which affects an estimated 200 million women and girls worldwide.

The next CWB Training weekend takes place on 29th and 30th Jan at Birmingham Bluecoat School. The venue has kindly been offered for free by the school, thanks to CWB Volunteer Richard Lynn, a veteran of CWB Kenya 2008 and 2010.

We would like to thank Cricket Kenya for organising our trip and many other erstwhile mentions are well deserved. Notably Aliya, the Heads of all the schools especially Braeburn and Pangani, all the Chefs for making us drink more beer by taking stupid amounts of time to cook meals, to Mr Macdonald for inventing burgers otherwise Ghazi wouldn't have eaten, to the best driver ever …. Mr TTP, and to every single one of the 1170 kids we worked with over the 2 weeks.

The LCCC Foundation is proud to announce the formation of a new partnership with Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), to help develop and deliver an anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) and female empowerment programme using cricket as the medium to engage and educate.

Cricket Without Boundaries is a distribution partner for Cricket Kit4 Africa initiative.

Last year a team of anti-FGM campaigners from the charity 28 Too Many and Cricket Coaches from Cricket Without Boundaries, headed out to Laikipia, Kenya to help the Maasai Cricket Warriors in their mission to end the practice of FGM within their community.

On May Day Bank Holiday Monday, Ickenham Ladies CC held their annual 6 aside ladies cricket tournament raising money for their two chosen charities Cricket Without Boundaries and CURA UK.

Despite only taking up running 18 months ago Jules Farman is about to take on a 60 mile run over the Pennines between Leeds and Manchester in 2.5 days to raise awareness about FGM.

In the last 10 years, the development charity Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) has trained over a quarter of a million children in 5 African countries. Alongside those children we have trained over 3500 adults as ICC cricket coaches. More importantly, through every one of those children and coaches, we have raised awareness of HIV/AIDS and FGM; and that awareness is now cascading through communities, reaching countless individuals.

Cricket Without Boundaries would not be in existence without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We have many volunteers in different roles in the UK but we are always looking for more help. As part of work to target our resources as effectively as possible, we are expanding and strengthening the monitoring and evaluation team.