Inner City World Cup delivers 10yrs of positive change

The 2015 Investec Inner City World Cup (ICWC) at Lord’s Cricket Ground saw an all female England team crowned Champions (beating Pakistan in the Final).

There was even more to celebrate at the annual event, run The Change Foundation and sponsored by Investec, as it was the 10th anniversary of bringing together young Londoners from different communities through Street20 cricket teaching them about different cultures, encouraging community cohesion and friendship.  The Inner City World Cup is a ‘Street20’cricket competition, where young people (involved in the charity’s programmes) get the chance choose to represent either their own country of birth or their parent’s country of birth.

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The teams taking part this year were from England, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, The West Indies, Afghanistan, an invitational team from The Club Cricket Conference and a team from sponsors, Investec.  The day is split into to two halves with the keenly contested ICWC main competition taking place throughout the morning. Following a lunch break, the second half of the day sees all the teams mix together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment (along with plenty of good tunes from resident ICWC DJ Dave) and new friendships.

Susie Steyn from sponsor Investec, says, “This is a competition we are honoured to support. Using cricket as a means to encourage positive values, and the fresh perspectives of the young players makes working with The Change Foundation refreshing, motivating and extremely rewarding”.

This year’s event was particularly special to Alex Bassan, Development Manager from The Change Foundation, who adds, “The ICWC was where I first became involved with the charity. For those 10years the ICWC has been a celebration of pride, leadership and teamwork amongst a diverse group of young people. Our partnership with Investec has been the positive catalyst in giving this opportunity to those young people”.

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Quotes of the day from of the young players taking part:
“It feels great to play for my country, makes me feel very proud” – Team India

“It’s a great experience and inspiring. Gives me a confidence boost and I feel very privileged to be playing at Lord’s” – Team England

“An honour and a privilege” – Team West Indies

Quotes of the day from Investec volunteers taking part:
“I have enjoyed playing alongside and being a mentor for the young people involved who have such strong passion for the sport as well.”

“Investec is a very collaborative environment to work in, the work is varied including great opportunities such as this (ICWC) in being able to support and mentor young people.”