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."