Fantastic send-off for the Investec Premier League

Wednesday 20th February saw the culmination of the Investec Premier League (IPL), a programme that has brought smiles to the faces of many young people and even saw Investec and The Change Foundation shortlisted for a Charity Times Partnership Award in 2018. Investec is one of our long-standing partners, having funded the historic Inner City World Cup for over 10 years, and this was a fitting send off for our joint cricket activity.

The IPL has used cricket as a vehicle for social change, bringing together young asylum seekers, 14-21 years old, to play a sport they love. The programme used sport to engage hard-to-reach young people to practice, play and compete as a team whilst integrating into society. The programme was built around the participants to achieve increased self-efficacy, resulting in the desire, willingness and ability to make the best personal life choices, take advantage of education and other opportunities and become active members of their new community.  In addition, the programme raised awareness and provided the opportunity for Investec staff members to work with a group of young people from a disadvantaged background, helping to develop their self-confidence and aspirations.

At the IPL final we were pleased to see 32 participants, along with 8 volunteers from Investec, taking part in a range of Visually Impaired sports and Street20 cricket, a fast-paced form of the game played with a taped up tennis ball.  Everyone who wanted also got a chance to try their hand at being a DJ and all had a great time.

One of the participants had this to say: “I have really enjoyed being part of the programme; the monthly sessions really give me something to focus towards and the tournaments give me something to train towards.”

It is a little sad to see the end of IPL but now we move onto a new chapter in our relationship with Investec. Watch this space…

For more information on the IPL please contact Alex Bassan.