|Â Â||C4C CGA Programme Manager Donovan Miller|
Earlier this week, West Indies, Jamaica and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle took time out ahead of the Champions Trophy to launch the Chris Gayle Academy (CGA) in London.
The Academy, run by Cricket For Change and funded by Comic Relief, will also open in Jamaica in 2014, aims to unlock the potential of young people and use cricket as a vehicle to help them become role models in their communities.
A final squad of 18 young people will embark on a journey of self development and the Academies will target and support a range of 16-24-year-olds who may be excluded from school, ex-offenders, refugees, gang members or otherwise not in edicuation, employment or training.
"The Chris Gayle Academy will not just provide a cricketing opportunity but will also equip a gorup of young people thrugh buildin up their confidence, giving them the right life and training skills to go back into their communities and inspire oher young people to move in the same direction as them," Donovan Miller, Cricket For Change Chris Gayle Academy Manager said.
Coach Danny Baker added: "The CGA is a unique opportunity to engage in cricket and at the same time, take positive steps forward in your life.
"With the help of Comic Relief and the great man himself (Chris Gayle), we are determined with this programme to help young people strive to what they truly want to be."