Two huge boosts for the Refugee Cricket Project

This month we are very thankful to the Reverend Chris Kennedy, and cricket bat makers Millichamp and Hall, for the donation of 11 new bats for the Refugee Cricket Project (RCP). Last year Reverend Chris captained a mixed clergy team against the RCP and was inspired to do some fundraising as a result. His endeavours, along with the support of Millichamp and Hall, mean that there are even more big hits in store for the team in the 2019 season.

The gift also included some pads and gloves, which are always welcome due to the sheer amount of use they get at the weekly training sessions all year round, and multiple matches in the summer. Along with our fantastic partner The Refugee Council, the RCP continues to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children through the myriad difficulties of arriving in an unfamiliar country with a language that they do not speak.  This year the RCP turns 10 years old, and we will be holding a special celebration to honour the milestone. Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming.

RCP Head Coach Mentor Dan Lineker had this to say:

“Last season we broke a lot of bats as we had to keep using ones that weren’t in good condition or were old. This generous donation of new bats mean that we are able to use decent bats in the nets and whilst playing games this season, which will improve the quality of cricket that the team plays.”

In another great piece of news for the RCP, coach mentors Dan Lineker and Dan Levey recently attended the Muslim News Awards where the RCP was shortlisted for the Annemarie Schimmel Award for Championing A Muslim Cause. Over 100 nominations were put in for the award and the RCP was 1st runner-up. It was an honour to be shortlisted and a huge boost for the programme to be recognised in this way alongside other great projects such as Peace Mala, and the eventual winners Acorns Children’s Hospice.​