"The training sessions and matches organised by Cricket for Change have been enormously beneficial to our son's physical and emotional development. This has meant that, as parents, we have seen fantastic changes in his ability, confidence and independence."
Charity of the Year, sponsorship, project funding, volunteering, payroll giving - these are just some of the ways for your company to get involved with Cricket for Change.
Join us and work towards helping with:
- Developing new relationships
- Build employee motivation and teamwork
- Deliver on CSR goals
We have the passion and expertise to develop creative, meaningful partnerships.
To find out more about how Cricket for Change could work together with your company, please contact Andy Sellins, Chief Executive, by email firstname.lastname@example.org
England Cricket Captain Alastair Cook visits inspiring young blind cricketers at C4C.
The England Cricket Captain, Alastair Cook, took time out of the ICC Champions Trophy to play cricket with 20 young Blind and Visually Impaired (VI) cricketers from Cricket for Change (C4C) and the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB).
The England Captain delighted the young cricket fans with an hour long session at the Cricket Change HQ in Wallington, near Croydon.
Tutored by C4C's and RLSLB's 'Sports without Limits' coach, Mark Bond (who also plays for the England Blind Cricket Team), Alistair Cook was taught how to play Blind Cricket whilst wearing special VI simulation glasses that gave him a sense of what it would be like to be visually impaired.
Alistair Cook said: ”The kids here are clearly as mad about cricket as I was at their age. It’s great that RLSB and Cricket for Change run this group so they can excel at a sport they love playing, regardless of their visual impairment.”
Mark Bond, who also coaches the RLSB Cricket for Change team, said: “The kids couldn’t believe that they were stood on the pitch they play on nearly every week with the England Captain. Alastair was fantastic with them. I know they will remember this day forever.”
Fresh from England’s recent ICC Champions Trophy win over Australia, Cook then gave a batting master class to the group, followed by a presentation of signed bats. The visit was part of Yorkshire Bank's 'Giving Bat to You' campaign which rewards fans for supporting cricket and aims to get more people picking up a bat and playing the sport in their communities this summer.
Andy Dalby-Welsh, C4C's Director of Operations, said: “Our close partnership with the RLSB in the 'Sports without Limits' programme is very important to us. So, to have the opportunity of being able to meet Alistair Cook, England Captain and one of the best batsman in the world through this partnership has been fantastic. The time that Alistair (Cook) spent playing some VI cricket at the C4C Cricket Centre with our blind and visually impaired young people was such a great inspiration to them”.
West Indies star, Chris Gayle, uses his power to unlock the potential of disadvantaged young people
Thursday 30th May, saw the launch of the Chris Gayle Academy in London and Kingston, Jamaica in a partnership between Cricket for Change (C4C), the West Indies and Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL cricket star, Chris Gayle, The Chris Gayle Foundation and funders Comic Relief.
This multicultural sporting social development programme will look to unlock the potential of young people to become role models in their communities. The London based academy, which has already started training, will work hand in hand with the Jamaica based academy, which is due to start in 2014.
The Jamaican and West Indies legend, Chris Gayle, who is delighted and proud to be involved in the Jamaica and London programme, says, “Cricket is indeed a powerful tool, it has certainly changed my life and I hope that my involvement with this Academy will help to change the lives of others in a positive way as well”.
THE CHRIS GAYLE ACADEMY SQUAD ON LAUNCH DAY
The aim of The Chris Gayle Academy (CGA) (initially in London) will be to take a final squad of up to 18 young people on a journey of self development using cricket as the hook to motivate and inspire them. Both Academies will target and support a mix of young people (aged 16-24) who are; excluded from school, youth ex-offenders, young refugees, gang members or who are NEETS* and who may also be struggling to find their way in life and not being able to fulfil their true potential.
Donovan Miller, C4C CGA Programme Manager, believes that, “The Chris Gayle Academy will not just provide a cricketing opportunity but will also equip a group of young people through building up their confidence, giving them the right life and training skills to go into back into their communities and inspire other young people to move in the same direction as them”.
The London CGA participants will be based (for a year) at the C4C Cricket Centre near Croydon, South London. There are also plans to engage in a valuable exchange programme between the London and Jamaica based participants, which will help broaden the young people’s horizons and develop their aspirations. All participants in London and Jamaica will have the opportunity to create their own Personal Development Plan with their coach, which will be a combination of personal and cricket development.
Danny Baker, CGA C4C Coach, says, “The CGA is a unique opportunity to engage in cricket and at the same time, take positive steps forward in your life. With the help of Comic Relief and the great man himself (Chris Gayle), we are determined with this programme to help young people strive to what they truly want to be”.
*NEETS – Not in Education, Employment or Training
Quiz Night Success
There was a winning feeling after the first Official C4C Quiz Night hosted by C4C's President, Phil Tufnell at The Grange Hotel, Tower Bridge at the end of May helped to raise an incredible £10,000 for the charity.
Special thanks to The Grange Hotel, Hewlett Packard, Norton Rose, Mood International and Deutsche Postbank for their much appreciated support on the evening. A guest appearance from Chris Gayle was an added bonus for our guests as Gayle and Tufnell took the stage together to announce the raffle winners.
On behalf of Cricket for Change we thank all those who came along on the night and for making the night so special! We look forward to the next one!
2013 C4C Golf Day
Join friends and funders and help change the lives of disadvantaged young people by taking part in the Cricket for Change Golf Day 2013 at Wimbledon Park Golf Club, Home Park Road, SW19 7HR on Tuesday 17th September 2013 - 8:00am start
Entry Fee £380 (£95 indiviudal) to include:
- Team of Four (with allocated Tee off times)
- Tea, Coffee and Bacon Rolls on arrival from 8.00am
- Buffet Lunch from 2pm, additional guests welcome
- Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and Hit or Miss the Green
and Golden Ball Competitions
- Halfway House
- Prize Giving
Contact: Alasdair Ramsay on email@example.com for an entry form
With this option your company name will be at the forefront on all promotional material for the day. The package includes the following:-
One team in the Golf Tournament
Advertising space at the 1st tee, 1st hole, 18th tee and 18th hole
Participation in the presentation of the prizes
Cost of this package - £2000
SPONSOR A HOLE OR TEE
Place your advertising material at your chosen tee or hole for £100
We have benefited greatly from some excellent raffle prizes that have been generously donated and any prizes for 2013 will be gratefully received.
For all sponsorship enquiries and raffle prize offers, please contact Megan Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org