Tuesday 9 October 2007 

Cricket Without Boundaries

A charity with strong links in Sussex, Cricket Without Boundaries, is sending a team of 13 volunteers and cricket coaches to Kenya and Rwanda in November.

The charity, which aims to use cricket to develop local communities and spread Aids Awareness messages, worked with over 3000 children and trained 200 new International Cricket Council (ICC) coaches during its inaugural project in 2005/06. This involved travelling from Cairo to Cape Town and working in 7 countries (including Kenya) alongside the ICC, British High Commission and local cricket agencies. All 3000 children were given Aids Awareness messages and the coaches were trained to deliver the messages themselves.

The Kenya leg of the trip will be led by local ECB Tutor Richard Davies, from Lancing College. He will lead a team of 7 other volunteers for the 3 week project to build on the initial successes of the charity in Kenya. In 3 areas of Kenya they will train local cricketers to become coaches, enthuse children in local schools and leave behind enough equipment so that cricket can be continued after the project has finished. Throughout all of this, Aids Awareness messages will be given to the children and coaches involved.

The Charity's trustees (Andy Hobbs - who is the Sussex Cricket Board Development Manager, Ed Williams and Chris Kangis) will also be delivering a project in Rwanda in November. Rwanda is a new project for the charity and it is hoped will be the first trip of many with close links already established with the British High Commission and the Rwanda Cricket Association.

All 13 volunteers involved in these projects recently attended a 2 day training programme, kindly hosted free of charge by Warden Park School, Cuckfield, a school itself with a strong cricket tradition.

Andy Hobbs, trustee and Sussex Cricket Board Development Manager, said "Both projects are very exciting for the charity. Kenya sees a return to a country we have already worked with where we can build on the initial successes and make cricket and Aids Awareness sustainable in the areas we visit. The Rwanda trip is a brand new venture for us and one we hope to be able to support for many years to come".

For more information visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com, or contact Andy Hobbs (07733231313, andy@cricketwithoutboundaries.com)

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