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.
Simon was one of CWB’s very first volunteers, travelling to Kenya on the autumn 2007 trip. The role will involve helping the management of future CWB projects as well as helping maintaining and developing relationships with both existing and new stakeholders. Most importantly he will be working closely with the Uganda Cricket Association to help them meet their own country specific development goals.
As Simon says:
“The CWB Kenya trip 2007 was something that will live with me for a long time. To see how much the charity has grown in the last four and half years is really quite something. I can’t wait to get stuck in and help continue the development of cricket in Uganda and importantly ensuring the use of AIDS awareness messages through the sport.
As Ed Williams, CWB Trustee, said
“It is great to have Simon taking on this role. Not only his cricket development experience with Surrey, but the fact that he was one of our first volunteers, makes it feel like we are welcoming back one of our family. We know he will do a first rate job”.
CWB was set up in 2005 to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS in Africa whilst at the same promoting the game of cricket: www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket. It is about personal empowerment, both for adults and for children.
Over the past six years, over 25,000 people have been coached by the charity with projects currently running in Kenya Uganda, Rwanda and Botswana. This includes several thousand adults to be the new generation of ICC qualified cricket coaches.
The charity has two main goals:
i) to spread cricket through coaching children and teaching adults how to coach; and
ii) linking the sport to HIV/AIDS awareness and incorporating these messages into every day coaching sessions.
25 millions people are living with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa alone and around 2.7 million people are infected each year.