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Creating positive change for young women in sport
Great excitment here at the excellent news that C4C's Beth Evans and Navjeet Sira have been invited to present and talk about the UK's first and only All Female Visually Impaired cricket team at The 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki.
The event which takes place June 12 - 15, 2014 at Helsinki's premiere conference venue, Finlandia Hall will be under the overall theme of 'Lead the Change - Be the Change.
The conference combines theory, policy, and practice in the area of women and sport and brings together decision-makers, politicians, researchers, educators and students, coaches and athletes with the aim of advancing the dialogue around women in sports and creating positive change.
Their presentation will examine the development of the first female VI cricket team in the UK and their journey. They will share their life-changing moments and their dream to travel to Nepal to play in the first ever female internationally VI cricket match. The courage of the team will blaze a trail for other disability female teams across all sports. It is important to realise the importance of female only teams, especially within disability sport which has very low levels of female participation. It is clear something needs to be done to inspire change.
This excellent news shows the great work that C4C does amongst young people, in this instance, for and in young women, all of which rightly gains the attention of sports movers and influencers.
There is a lot more to life than the Six Nations!
As the Six Nations gathers pace towards an exciting finale, C4C's Mike Henderson is a highlighted success in Robert Kitson's, of The Guardian, article published on Sat. 1st March 2014, which discusses Sky's fly on the wall programme, 'School of Hard Knocks'.
The following is an extract from that aforementioned arrticle:
"It is the latest lesson from the School of Hard Knocks, the unique collision of rugby union, fly-on-the-wall television documentary and disadvantaged young adults which should be compulsory viewing in all middle-class households when its seventh series starts on Sky in September...........
.....Michael Henderson, a grateful graduate from the 2010 Croydon edition and now a mentor himself after spending 25 years in and out of prison, reckons the programme saved him from oblivion. "My life now is so far removed from the life I had. Being involved was such an empowering and positive experience." England versus Wales, even the Six Nations itself, suddenly feels like a parallel universe.
The 43-year-old Henderson, who was first incarcerated at 14, also feels rugby has intrinsic qualities other sports cannot offer. "The football culture is all about gold and glory: I want to be the next Messi, I want a million-pound pay cheque. The difference in rugby is that it's not a one-man show.
"The other day I visited Isis young offenders prison (next door to HMP Belmarsh in south-east London) where we had governors and prisoners playing against each other. We find rugby brings people together. There was no 'I'm going to get you, I'm going to hurt you'. It was just epic."
Epic, certainly, but how about the wider picture? While no one is expecting rugby to conquer every big conurbation overnight, next year's Rugby World Cup will spread the gospel. The inspirational Henderson reckons there is a large untapped audience out there. "A lot of young people have a misconceived perception of rugby. When they actually get playing it they go: 'Wow.'
"We work with schools which are marginalised, disaffected and disadvantaged. Initially many of the students didn't want to play. Now, two years on, they're embracing it and playing regularly because it allows them to channel negative energy in a positive way. For me, not enough people are informed about the benefits of rugby."
The moral of the story? There is a lot more to life than the Six Nations". The full artcicle by The Gurdian's Robert Kitson can be found here.
Mike Henderson works on our Dallaglio Foundation Rugby for Change programme.
Heroes make their mark at disability sports festival
Last week saw 65 young people and their teachers from the London schools of Brent Knoll, Redgates Primary (Croydon), The Link Primary School (Croydon), Priory and Cricket Green came together to take part in the first Hit the Top Heroes Disability Sport Festival at The National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace.
‘Hit the Top Heroes’ is an exciting new project being launched by Cricket for Change. The project is being delivered by five young leaders and coaches (the Heroes) each with a variety of disabilities. They will work to inspire and engage parents, teachers and other young people with a disability aged 13 and under to the benefits of participating in cricket and sport.
Wendy Martin who was at the event from Priory School "Good fun, hectic and enjoyable. Coaches were really good and independent."
It seems as the staff at The Link in Croydon agree with Wendy, "Brilliant, well organized, and just the right amount of people. The staff were really friendly"
Stuart Goshawk, CEO of The Wembley National Stadium Trust, ‘Hit The Top Heroes’ funding partners, says, “We are delighted to be supporting Hit The Top Heroes. It is a great example of showing what can be achieved through supporting the personal development of role models who can inspire so many others.”
At this first of six festivals to be run in 2014, the young people attending will have the opportunity to take part in and enjoy cricket, football, some fitness fun, boxing and Mini-squash all alongside some ‘Funfair’ activities.
David Smith, C4C Development Coach, said of this first event in the programme, “The Heroes are about to begin their work and festival Number 1 is ready to rumble at Crystal Palace!”
As well as the sports festivals, the Hit the Top ‘Heroes’ will be running creative and engaging in-school (both in special and mainstream) sessions via assemblies, parent’s evenings and clubs. The hope is to engage with over 1,000 under 13’s by using sport to improve their physical and mental well-being, whilst increasing their confidence and independence.
And the final word on the event goes to the staff at Cricket Green School, “Outstanding!! Really engaging for the children and Staff".
Everyone loves a Quiz Night! Get a team and join ours!
Following the success of our quiz night with Tuffers last year in 2013, Cricket for Change are organising another great quiz night on Thursday 27th March at 6:30pm in The Grange Hotel, Tower Bridge in London.
Start to gather together your work colleagues or friends and make up a team of 8 for £600 (or £75 individually) and enjoy a great night out that also includes a curry buffet and wine or beer.
Dont delay and so to book your team or place for the quiz, please contact our Fundraising Manager, Megan Jones on email@example.com
Funds raised on the evening will support the ongoing work of Cricket for Change in unlocking young people’s potential, enabling them to think and act differently about themselves, their communities and their futures.
We look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your continued support.
It's a night not to be missed!