"Police engaging with youth projects is key to us all moving forward as a community....We felt honoured to be invited to 'challenge' the youth to a game....what is important is not who wins but instead it is that everyone enjoys themselves, that we all work together as a team and that those attending learn to apply themselves, learn skills, learn to work together as part of a team and most of all have fun!”"
C4C ‘kinda’ brought me out of gang life!
One of the young people that takes part in C4C delivered 'StreetChance' sessions tells us how being involved has turned his life around!
When I was in year 7, 8 and middle of year 9 I was associated in gangs.
We did all sorts of things such as vandalism, gang fights etc. I started Cricket for Change in the middle of my school year 9 now I am in year 10, ever since I joined this organisation (C4C and StreetChance sessions) I have changed a lot and started to move away and remove myself from trouble and gang activities.
I have been involved with C4C for roughly about 8-9 months and love the sessions and is worth spending my time rather than hanging around estates and getting involved with drugs and stuff like that.
I also love the venue where the sessions take place as it is close to my house and is in my area as I like to call it, as I feel really safe and secure.
I’ve got the best and friendliest coach ‘don millz’ (C4C’s Donovan Miller) he always gives me the best support and guides me in the right paths. Sometimes he gets on my nerves but if I think back to it he’s doing it for my good and what’s best for me.
In my opinion this organisation ‘kinda’ bought me out of gang life, as I got into gangs because I was just simply bored, and nothing to do but then I realised this isn’t going to get me anywhere other than death and pain, so I slowly started changing and thinking about my choices.
In simple words I think Cricket for Change is a very good organisation and helped me a lot through life and hope it carries on!