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Volunteers sought for African cricket adventure

By GlosCB  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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Sports coaches, players and

supporters from Gloucestershire are being urged to use their love of the game

to make a difference in Africa.

The UK cricket development and HIV/AIDS

awareness charity Cricket Without Boundaries is looking for enthusiastic

volunteers – qualified or unqualified - for projects in autumn 2014 and spring


And for the first time the recruitment drive

is being led from Gloucester.

Gloucestershire College finance and administration

manager Julie Tegg has just taken over as CWB's head of recruitment – a volunteer

role she applied for after her husband Steve (pictured) came back from a

project in Rwanda earlier this year.

She said: "I

could see how much Steve enjoyed the trip and benefitted personally and I

wanted to help.  CWB is a

brilliant charity that offers fantastic volunteering opportunities for people

with not only a cricket background but sports enthusiasts in general. I would

urge everyone to look at the CWB website to see what experiences are on offer

and get involved."

A typical project is two weeks long and

includes coaching in schools, training local teachers and coaches and running

cricket festivals. As well as coaching cricket skills CWB uses the sport as a

tool to deliver vital HIV/AIDS awareness messages.

Previous trips have seen CWB run coach

education courses for Massaai warriors in Kenya and use cricket to help

communities in Rwanda continue their recovery from civil war. Other project

countries include Botswana, Cameroon and Uganda.

Julie has previously been helped build

concrete rain water collection jars in Kenya with the Beaufort Venture Scouts and

refurbished a hospital in Nepal with the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust.

She said: "I have benefited both personally

and professionally from volunteering in Kenya and Nepal and I hope to support

others to take advantage of these volunteer opportunities."

The deadline for applications for the autumn and

spring 2014 is Monday January 27. Groups consist of six to 10 CWB volunteers

supported by local coaches from the country's cricket association. They are a

led by a project leader and ECB tutor and training is given to the whole group

at a training weekend before they leave.

Four Gloucestershire-based coaches went on

projects in 2013 and three more are due to go this spring.

These included Julie's husband Steve, a coach

with Frocester CC and the Gloucester and Forest district programme.

And says he can't recommend the experience


He said: "Visiting Rwanda with CWB was one of the most rewarding things I have

ever done and something I intend on repeating as often as I can in the future -

starting Autumn 2014.

For me the highlight was visiting the

schools. Providing an opportunity for so many kids to experience the basics of

the game of cricket was fantastic. To see the joy and excitement on their faces

just makes you feel great.

"I would definitely recommend it to other

people, regardless of their coaching experience."

For more information on CWB including how to

apply visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com.


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