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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 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.

There is huge passion for cricket in Nepal, but a lack of investment and infrastructure. Working with key partners including Kidasha, Connecting Clubs, Cricket Without Boundaries, and MCC, we are providing life-enhancing opportunities through cricket for young people and supporting Nepal's ambitions to become a great cricketing nation.

We are currently delivering in schools across Pokhara and Biratnagar, helping 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. The cricket sessions also incorporate gender equality messaging, and are empowering girls to take part in sport and reach their full potential.

Many of the children we work with are from some of the country’s most disadvantaged slum communities, and lack access to sport and recreation. Cricket gives them a rare opportunity to play and escape their daily struggles while also improving physical and mental well-being. Several players have gone on to be selected for district and provincial cricket teams and now dream of playing for their country after playing cricket for the first time through one of our projects.

The following video shows some highlights from MCC's Legacy Tour to Nepal in 2019, when MCC players delivered cricket sessions at some of the schools we are working with in Pokhara.

 

In addition to our work in Nepal, in 2021 we launched a transformative project to support young Syrian refugees in Lebanon by funding two cricket Hubs which provide skills, hope, and opportunity to children living in the Bekaa Valley and Shatila refugee camps.

Both Hubs are delivered by Alsama Cricket, and provide six hours of coaching and match play every week year-round. The Hubs are a lifeline for the young refugees struggling to survive in the challenging environment of these camps after witnessing the unimaginable horrors of war.

Alsama Cricket regularly arrange for the children to watch livestreamed IPL matches, and the Rajasthan Royals have been a particualr source of inspiration for the children. Earlier this year, we were delighted to be able to facilitate a shipment of the iconic pink RR shirts, kindly donated by RR, and these were received with great delight by our young players.

You can find out more 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, and who have found great comfort through the cricket projects.

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