Make a difference in Africa with Cricket Without Boundaries: New recuitment window open now

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GCB communications officer Luke Sellers (pictured) is urging people from the county's clubs to make a difference in Africa with Cricket Without Boundaries.

The UK cricket development and HIV/AIDS awareness charity is looking for enthusiastic volunteers for projects in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda in 2015.

Trips are typically two weeks long and include coaching in schools, training local teachers and running cricket festivals. As well as coaching cricket skills CWB uses the sport as a tool to deliver vital HIV/AIDS awareness messages.

Previous projects have seen CWB coaches run coach education courses for Massaai warriors in Kenya (see pic) and use cricket to help communities in Rwanda continue their recovery from civil war.

For more information including how to apply click here.

Luke – who is also a coach education tutor and county under 14 coach – is about to embark on his third project with the charity this autumn. Charlton Kings coach Julian Terry is also a member of the group who are heading to Kenya.

Other Gloucestershire-based coaches who have volunteered with CWB in the last 12 months include David Dunn (Poulton), Steve Tegg (Frocester), Ollie Ralph (Downend) Colin Brunt (Gordano) and Thom Manning.

To read about their experiences click here.

And Luke says it would be great to see more local people follow in their footsteps.

He said: “Volunteering with CWB is an incredible experience. You feel like you are making a meaningful difference and it is also great fun.

"For me, it feels like the best possible way to use my cricket skills and experience.

“The number of people from Gloucestershire volunteering with CWB has risen greatly over the last few years and it would be fantastic to see that continue."

Although the charity is keen to hear from qualified coaches they are looking for volunteers from all walks of life. Previous volunteers have ranged from students (aged 18 and over) to retired people and individuals from a wide variety of different professions.

Luke said: “You don’t need to have any previous cricket experience. It is more important to be able to interact with children, enthuse them about the game and promote the HIV/AIDS awareness messages.

“If you are a qualified coach a CWB trip can have a really positive impact on your professional development.  From my own experience I have found that having to adapt your plans at short notice to deal with changes in space, numbers and equipment has made me  a more confident, innovative and flexible coach.”

Groups consist of six to 10 CWB volunteers supported by local coaches from the country’s cricket association. They are a led by a project leader and ECB tutor and training is given to the whole group at a training weekend before you leave

In 2011 there were an estimated 23.5 million people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa - staggering 69% of the global Aids burden.

The picture is improving but directly and indirectly, HIV is destroying lives - often causing discrimination and dividing communities. That is why CWB need your help.

For more information about CWB visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com, email luke@cricketwithoutboundaries.com or ring him on 07866882601.

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