Cricket Without Boundaries was established in April 2005 and has three main goals:
To increase participation in cricket in Africa, by coaching children and teaching adults how to coach
To link the sport to HIV / AIDS awareness and incorporate these messages into coaching sessions
To bring together and empower local communities through cricket
Cricket Without Boundaries works in partnership with the Cricket Associations in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, the relevant British High Commissions and the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Twice a year, Cricket Without Boundaries sends out first-rate volunteers and coaches to Africa to help deliver coach education and hand out basic equipment (as well as enthusing a new generation of African cricket players). Over the past nine years, Cricket Without Boundaries has visited nine countries in Africa, delivering over 40 projects, training over 2,500 new coaches and bringing the game to over 60,000 children. It has brought communities together through the game of cricket.
Cricket Withour Boundaries' trips to Africa last two weeks and are normally action-packed (to ensure the maximum impact in the country). Each project is made up of six to eight volunteers and includes an ECB Qualified Tutor and a Project Leader. There is usually a mix of coaches and non-coaches to ensure a good spread of skills. Cricket Without Boundaries doesn't ask for specific cricket knowledge (apart from fromthe ECB Tutor) - just a willingness to work hard and get involved.
In volunteering for two weeks, the difference you can make is surprisingly big! For some of the children, simply having the chance to play an organised game is a thrill - but you can also make a fundamental difference to a community by spreading the positive HIV / AIDs awareness messages through the coaching.