"Cricket for Change has enabled me to make good friends, to experience things that I never thought possible; it has given me confidence in challenging life situations."
Former England and Surrey cricketer, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, tells us the role that C4C has played in her life (Ebony now enjoys working for The Lord's Taverners):
Can you please introduce yourself?
Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, of England and Surrey now of The Lord's Taverners!
How did you first become involved with Cricket for Change?
Cricket for Change came into my primary school when I was aged about 10 doing work going into inner city schools to offer cricket. It was the first and only time I was introduced to cricket while growing up, and has had a massive impact on the direction of my life.
What difference did C4C make to your life?
Being the only introduction to cricket I ever came across while growing up was through the charity has had a big impact by introducing me to the sport which I would have otherwise been unable, and has given me a positive outlet to channel my talents as a youngster and hence given me the opportunity to play cricket the highest level.
Which are your most memorable cricketing achievements?
Being part of the most successful women's team who went on to win the ICC Women's World Cup, ICC T20 and The Ashes in 2009. The most memorable period of my career without doubt and an honour to have been a part of history.
And away from cricket, how do you relax?
I enjoy spending time with my friends, playing music in particular the drums, dancing and reading.
If you could sum up your C4C experiences in five words, what would they be?
Fun, enjoyable, inspirational, unconventional and open-minded