One year on from its successful launch in London, the Chris Gayle Academy will next week launch the Jamaican branch of the iconic cricketer's youth empowerment programme.
In partnership with Cricket 4 Change, British Airways, Spartan and Digicel Jamaica, the Chris Gayle Foundation will host 20 young Jamaicans aged between 16 and 20 from disadvantaged backgrounds for 12 months.
5 YEAR VISION OF THE CHRIS GAYLE ACADEMY IN JAMAICA
THE CHRIS GAYLE ACADEMY TEAM
The goal: to unlock their potential and change their lives.
The means: the power of cricket.
Launched in England in May 2013, it has already benefited 18 young men who are now role models in their local communities.
"Cricket is indeed a powerful sport; it has certainly changed my life," Gayle says.
"Through cricket, I was given the tools and support to succeed and I want to share this with the youth through my Academy."
Gayle uses the same 'Big Six' point philoophy that he applies to his own life as the Academy's guiding principles:
The 'Big Six' are a series of workshops and questionnaires based on these philosophies that will guide and measure the journey of those on the Academy.
The programme will also be rolled out in six primary and preparatory schools in Kingston: Rollington Town Primary (Gayle's Alma Mater), Excelsior Primary, Mountain View Primary, Vaz Preparatory, Clan Carthy Preparatory and Windward Road Primary.
Explaining the impact that the programme has had since launching in the UK, Cricket 4 Change's Donovan Miller explains that it is about far more than just playing cricket.
"This Academy is about more than cricket," he begins.
"The young men here in the UK come from varying backgrounds and communities and have been able to group together and share their experiences and sharpen their life skills.
"Not all these young men want to pursue professional cricket, but the Academy teaches them important skills that prepare them for the working world.
"Many of these boys have not had the greatest opportunities, and this Academy brings their talents to the fore and shows them who they can be.
"Some of these boys came into the Academy not expecting much but have received much more than they anticipated and some have even gone back to school to complete their education to better themselves and excel."
Listen below to our interviews with Donovan and two of the young men who have been involved from day one in London.
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