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.