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.