29th September - 13th October
In the autumn of 2012 CWB returned to Rwanda to continue the good work of previous trips in promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and developing cricket throughout the country. For most of the team it was a first trip to Africa but for those returning it was pleasing to see some familiar faces and to witness how enthusiasm for the game is continuing to grow. In total, the team coached in excess of 2500 children over the 2 weeks with the highlight being a Kwik-Cricket festival and T20 match at the Kicukiro Oval on the final day.
The Kwik-Cricket tournament was attended by teams from Kicukiro, Remera and Kabusunzu, (8 teams in total) who battled it out on the nursery pitch whilst over on the national ground, Kagarama and Kicukiro Secondary school, the two main schools for cricket in Rwanda, competed for the right to be crowned T20 champions. The Oval can rarely have looked so vibrant and it was especially pleasing to know that camera crews from both the BBC and ICC were in attendance to capture the images to use them in documentaries that are currently being created to highlight the amazing work that CWB does.
Other successes of the trip included new links formed with The Ubaka U Rwanda, PSI and Right to Play charities and it is hoped that future tours can build on these relationships to help spread the important HIV/AIDS messages that they all look to promote.
Carl Ferguson - Project Leader
Michael Griggs - ECB Tutor