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).

Gary Shankland has become Cricket Without Boundaries’ new Kenya county manager.

A veteran of three projects, he takes over from Tracey Davis who held the role from October 2011.

Gary, who was already the charity’s HIV lead in Kenya, will be responsible for planning future projects, supporting CWB’s Ambassadors and working with our partners to develop our work there.

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.

CWB has appointed its first ever Ambassadors in Uganda and Cameroon.

Isaneez Emmanuel (Uganda) and Winston Mukum (Cameroon) - who are both full internationals - will become the charity’s first paid local coaches in their respective countries.

England 2005 Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard is swapping his whites for a wetsuit to raise money for Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) as part of its 10th Anniversary, and we want you to get involved to help celebrate this landmark year for the Charity.

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.

Saturday sees Ashes Legend Matthew Hoggard take on the third of his four swims for CWB at Salford Quays Manchester. Having established a new PB in his second swim by shaving a massive 2 minutes of it Hoggy is raring to go.

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.

To celebrate Cricket Without Boundaries 10th Year Anniversary, we have teamed up with Gloucestershire Cricket Club, to host a volunteers reunion day at the County Ground, Bristol on Sunday 2nd August meeting from 10am at the ground. For £10 per ticket you can catch up with fellow volunteers and watch Gloucestershire take on local rivals Somerset in a 50 over match.

WARRIORS, a documentary that follows the progress of a cricket team of Maasai warriors, hosted its gala premiere last Monday evening at a star-studded event at the Soho Curzon Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue.

The charity – which uses cricket to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and bring smiles to the faces of 1000s of children each year - is looking for enthusiastic people to go on projects to five African countries in 2016.

Trips are typically two weeks long and include coaching in schools, training local teachers and running cricket festivals.

No cricketing experience is required as full training is provided before you go.

Cricket Without Boundaries is delighted to be featured in the recent DFID publication Girl Summit – One Year On. Girl Summit 2014, co-hosted by the UK government and UNICEF in London in July 2014, built partnerships and galvanised the global movements to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM).

Trustee Chris Kangis joined the Test Match Special team for the tea time interview, along with Chris Broad and Matthew Hoggard. Hoggy will undertake his final swim for CWB on 29th August - donate here or text Hoggy49 to 70070.