The Chris Gayle Academy
The Chris Gayle Academy is run by Cricket For Change, funded by Comic Relief, and opened in London in 2013. It will also open in Jamaica in 2014.
18 young people will be selected to undertake 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 through building 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."
The death of Adrian St John late last week in Trinidad has shocked and saddened the cricket community, with his loss particularly keenly felt in North London, where he was a valued member of the Chris Gayle Academy.
After correctly predicting England and West Indies would win through to the ICC World T20 final, Chris Gayle Academy director Donovan Miller thinks the side from the Caribbean are favourites to win overall - but only just.
With Chris Gayle delighting the crowds in India, we thought it appropriate to get Donovan Miller, who directs the Chris Gayle Academy, to give us his thoughts on the ICC World T20 2016.
Chris Gayle was fortunate enough as a young man to grow up close to Lucas Cricket Club, where he spent hours playing the game, and he now gives plenty back through his foundation which helps young people in England and Jamaica.
In Donovan Miller's latest article for Cricket World, he focusses on Twenty20 cricket, how it has changed the game, the coaching world and how you can succeed at it...
Donovan Miller became a coach at the tender age of 20, and now runs his own coaching company, directs the Chris Gayle Academy and works with Essex CCC.
Launched in London in 2013, the Chris Gayle Academy has since made huge strides, opening an academy in Jamaica and has made a huge difference to the lives of young people through cricket.
As the Chris Gayle Academy enters its fourth year, we ewre invited down to Walthamstow as the group were put through their paces by strength and conditioning experts Tenax Performance. Here's a flavour of the day.
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.
Cricket World caught up with Donovan Miller (Cricket For Change) and two members of the Chris Gayle Academy, one year after its launch in London.
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.
Chris Gayle chatted to Cricket World TV during the launch of the Chris Gayle Academy in London, a project which aims to use cricket to develop young people into community leaders both in England and around the world.
In this interview clip, he focusses on the Champions Trophy, reflecting on being part of the side that won in 2004, how they might fare in 2013, and whether he could one day emulate Sachin Tendulkar by scoring a double-century in a limited overs match.