Cricket: Gloucestershire coach hopes to find volunteers for Africa project

Luke Sellers wants to make a difference in Africa

Luke Sellers wants to make a difference in Africa

First published in Gloucestershire Sport

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Cricket Board (GCB) communications officer Luke Sellers is urging people from county clubs to make a difference in Africa with Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB).

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 Maasai warriors in Kenya and use cricket to help communities in Rwanda continue their recovery from civil war.

Sellers, who coaches the county's under-14s, is about to embark on his third project with the charity this autumn.

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."

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.

For more information about CWB, visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com, email luke@cricketwithoutboundaries.com or ring him on 07866 882601.

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