"I just want to say what a great day it was at the National Street20 finals. You had over 200 kids from all over the uk engaging in sport in a safe environment, & thanks for inviting me to give a talk about drugs & knife crime. Since then I've had some really positive messages from the youngters on my web site . I also think what you are doing is fantastic as your giving these kids the opportunity to play sport and be educated at the same time and i am sure between us we changed some lives and pointed alot of them in the right direction P.S Didn't see 1 unhappy face all day the whole place was full of smiles ."
A Brief History of our Cricket Charity
Using cricket to change young lives - set up as London Community Cricket Association (LCCA) after the Brixton Riots in 1981, to develop pioneering projects (through the power of sport) aimed at getting unemployed and directionless young people to train as cricket coaches
July 1981 - The London Community Cricket Association began 1982 - Unemployed cricket leagues set up
1983 - Haringey Cricket College founded 1984 - Women's and girl's programme set up
1985 - Working within Prison's initiative began 1988 - Moved into Special Needs Programmes
1989 - 250th Inner City Coach qualified
1990 - First demo of Special Needs cricket at a Lord's Test Match
1991 - First trips by Special Needs Schools to Arundel Castle Cricket Centre
1994 - 500th Inner City coach qualified
1995 - 100th Special Needs school festival 1996 - England Blind Cricket team set up by the LCCA
1999 - First England Blind cricket demonstration at Oval Test match
2000 - Phil 'Tuffers' Tufnell becomes President
2003 - First international project in Barbados,setting up the West Indies Blind Cricket team
2004 - 'Street20' concept developed
2004 - The Cricket Centre built by 'Tuffers' & ITV's 'With a Little Help from my Friends'.
2005 - Inaugural Inner City World Cup at the MCC Indoor Cricket Centre
2005 - Set up blind cricket in Zimbabwe
2006 - Set up programmes in Cuba and Uganda 2007 - Set up programmes in Rwanda and Tanzania
2008 - LCCA name changed to 'Cricket for Change'
2009 - Indoor Cricket School opened at C4C's HQ
2010 - Two members of staff win National Coaching Awards -
Adam Hall and Beth Evans
2011 - The charity's 30th Anniversary