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Transforming lives overseas

Overseas, we are working to provide life-changing opportunities through cricket and to open up access to the game. We will harness the transformative power of cricket and the MCC brand to encourage personal development and positive social change, and to promote strong and cohesive communities.

Nepal

In November 2019 we launched “Breaking Boundaries”, a project committed to providing life-enhancing opportunities through cricket to young people across Nepal, and supporting Nepal’s ambitions to become a great cricketing nation. The first year of the project focused in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city. In 2021 we will expand into new provinces and provide playing opportunities for 12,000 young Nepalis.

There is huge passion for cricket across Nepal, but a lack of investment and infrastructure. Working with key partners including Kidasha, Connecting Clubs, MCC, and Paras Khadka (former Nepali cricket captain), we are helping more young people to access and progress through the game by building facilities, providing kit, up-skilling local teachers and coaches to deliver cricket, and running festivals and competitions.

Many of the children we are working with are from some of the country’s most disadvantaged slum communities, and lack any access to sport and recreation; cricket gives them a rare opportunity to play and escape their daily struggles, whilst also improving physical and mental well-being.

Lebanon

In addition to our work in Nepal, we are pleased to have launched a vital project to support young Syrian refugees in Lebanon, by funding a cricket Hub which will provide skills, hope, and opportunity to children in the Bekaa valley encampment.

The new Hub is being delivered in partnership with Alsama Cricket, and builds on their existing work in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. The project in Shatila has demonstrated that there is high demand for cricketing opportunities, and the coaching provides a lifeline for the young people trying to survive in the challenging environment of these camps.

Find out more about our new cricket Hub in Lebanon by listening to this podcast with Richard Verity, founder of the Alsama Cricket Club. The episode features moving interviews with young refugees who fled Syria when ISIS took control of their town; cricket has helped them recapture their childhoods and find hope after witnessing the unimaginable horrors of war.

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