Cricket for Change – 35 years later
When the charity began in 1981 we were committed to delivering cricket outreach work that was accessible, inexpensive and fun for young people of all communities. 35 years later we are still committed to changing young people’s lives through cricket. Now working with young refugees and marginalised young people, Cricket for Change brings together young people from diverse backgrounds and gives them a sense of home from home.
During 2016 a greater need for the programme was demonstrated with 129 individual unaccompanied young refugees attending the programme in Croydon. Over 350 face-to-face advice sessions were undertaken at the programme and young refugees were accompanied and supported at 69 additional legal and welfare appointments.
The tool for engagement continues to be the game of Street20, created by the charity in 1981. This fast, fun and inclusive version of the game has created a platform for engagement for all young people whatever their background or story.
Cricket for Change has projects engaging over 500 young people in London and refugee camps in Lebanon.
Young refugees who came to the UK by themselves as children and young people in refugee camps in Lebanon.
We provide weekly cricket sessions inclusive of one to one advocacy support and safe social space for refugee groups in the UK. There is also an annual ‘Street20 Inner City World Cup’ tournament hosted at Lord’s Cricket Ground. We provide Sports Leaders training in refugee camps in Lebanon to normalise young people’s lives through sport.
“We believe the regularity and consistency of the contact they have at Cricket for Change with staff and volunteers has very significant and wide-ranging benefits to our clients. Not only are they able to play sport and to meet their friends in a friendly and welcoming environment, but they can also access advice and support in relation to the bewildering array of legal and welfare issues common to many of them.”
Helen Johnson, Operations Manager, Children’s Section, Refugee Council
For more information contact Si Ledwith, Head of Programmes on firstname.lastname@example.org