"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!”"
Now working as a C4C Ambassador, England and Surrey cricketer, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, tells us the role that C4C has played in her life
Can you please introduce yourself?
Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, England and Surrey Cricketer
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 has C4C made 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.
What kind of work are you doing now for C4C?
I am currently doing ambassadorial work for C4C, recently I have been lucky to go with the charity to Bangladesh to do a women's project and I get involved in C4C's only girls 'StreetChance' programme in Sutton.
What are your ambitions for 2011?
To have a successful season with Surrey women, and look to push for promotion, and be involved with the Quad Series being held in England in the summer 2011.
If you could sum up your C4C experiences in five words, what would they be?
Fun, enjoyable, inspirational, unconventional and open-minded