The Chris Gayle Academy – recruiting for 2014 – take your chance now

The London based Chris Gayle Academy is looking to recruit London based young men aged 16-24 for the 2014 season. The programme wholeheartedly supported by Chris Gayle himself, is a social development programme using cricket to unlock the potential of young people struggling with life’s issues and to support them in becoming role models within their communities.

The programme starts in the middle of Jan.2014 and if you are based in London and interested then do get in touch with us at dannybaker@cricketforchange.org.uk

Please note that you will need to living and based in London** to be able to play hard cricket ball and not be afraid of hardwork!

The Chris Gayle Academy takes young people on a journey of self development using cricket as the hook to motivate and inspire them. The Academy (which launched in 2013) works alongside a mix of young people (aged 16-24) who are; excluded from school, youth ex-offenders, young refugees, gang members or who are NEETS* and who may also be struggling to find their way in life and not being able to fulfil their true potential.

There are plans to open a Jamaica based Academy at some stage during 2014.

If this is you and your interested then get in touch with us at dannybaker@cricketforchange.org.uk

*NEETS – Not in Education, Employment or Training

* For those living outside the UK, although we are open to all sadly we are unable to provide scholarships, no assitance to travel to London & no proivison of any other related costs

Mentoring through sport proves inspiration for young entrepreneur

Ex-youth offender, Anurah Farrell, overcame nine other finalists to win the Urban Voice UK ‘Project Your Talent 4 Business’ award along with £17,000 of business support.

Anurah was awarded the prize for developing a device for carrying multiple sanitary bins by hand. It dramatically reduces the number of trips staff have to make to deliver washroom and facility services, and has already proved a hit with facilities management companies.

Anurah won the prize after completing 9 months of intensive mentoring on ‘training for work’ programme, ‘Street Elite’. Street Elite, which is delivered by Cricket for Change and housebuilder The Berkeley Group, offers intensive support to those often living on the edge of gangs and criminality, helping them to gain the confidence, qualifications and self-esteem needed to get into education or work.

The 24 year old, who is now enrolled in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Westminster Kingsway College, attributes his success to the help he was given by the programme:

“The engaging support that was shown to me through Street Elite was very empowering for me at that particular time in my life. I can say that it was time well spent and you really get back from Street Elite what you put into it.”

Perry Sophocleous, Street Elite coach who mentored Anurah said:

“Anurah has incredible passion and work ethic, he just needed support to channel his energy, and that was where Street Elite was able to help.”

In the future Anurrah sees himself identifying more business ventures and investing in new innovations. But what words of advice would he give to young people who are facing similar situations to the one he did before he joined Street Elite?

“I would be saying to people, that if they would like to achieve anything then just try and fail and try again but always seek help and advice along the way because there are always people willing to help like Street Elite. You just have to be willing to help your-self first.”

 

Creating long term change with AQA Success

Cricket for Change is delighted to announce its official registration as an accredited ‘AQA’ Centre. With this official recognition C4C can continue to support young people who are experiencing challenging life situations into developing their skills and knowledge and helping them to achieve the reality of their aspirations.

With AQA qualifications our young people can add to their list of personal development achievements. An AQA will also equip them towards succeeding in the next stage of their lives as AQA’s are highly valued by employers and further education establishments. Just like C4C, AQA wants to help young people realise and unlock their potential.

Navjeet Sira, C4C’s Impact Manager says,

“C4C’s philosophy has always been the development of long term engagement programmes with the young people in their communities and schools. The AQA registration has come at an appropriate time for the charity as we have now shifted that focus into a more intensive way of working by combining the delivery of life & sport skills engaging with stronger personal and educational development that ensures improved employability for every young person we engage with”.

Navjeet continues by saying,

“AQA allows us to accredit our existing work but also provide specific dedicated AQA units that can be tailored to young people’s needs”.

Each AQA unit that C4C staff will be teaching will be carefully assigned to the aim of every programme that the charity runs. For example, The Chris Gayle Academy & Refugee Cricket Project programmes, will aim to deliver AQA units such as Personal Development, Community Action, Leadership Skills, Employability, Numeracy and Literacy Skills, Understanding Citizenship, Rights and Responsibilities skills. Both programmes seek to unlock the potential of young people to become role models in their communities by equipping them with units that will help show they are dealing with some of the issues that they face but also provide them with skills they may not otherwise have gained.

AQA is a leading provider of qualifications and support for teachers and students. It offers a broad range of academic qualifications for 14-19 year olds including GCSEs, IGCSEs, A-levels, the Extended Project Qualification and the AQA Baccalaureate.

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