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After last year's successful CWB visit Grant returned

to Uganda as team leader in February 2014.

  

A photo and a few words from Grant when in Uganda: "The Team at Arua Girls Secondary, all going well, hard work but

oh so rewarding."

 

  

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The dates of the trip were 23th February to 9th March 2014 and as a volunteer Grant had to raise a minimum of £1500

to cover the project costs.

Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK cricket development and AIDS awareness charity. It is run almost entirely by

the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers. Since its formation in 2005 CWB has become one of the world's leading

Cricket Development and AIDS awareness charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local

communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket. It is about personal empowerment, both

for adults and for children.

  

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Working primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa it has sent projects to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana

and Namibia. In the process CWB has coached tens of thousands of children in some of the poorest communities in the

world as well as training several thousand adults to become ICC qualified cricket coaches. CWB is committed to taking

the game of cricket to a new generation of coaches and children in Africa, as well as supporting existing cricket

development.

The charity has two main goals: 

(i) To spread cricket through coaching children and teaching adults how to coach; and

(ii) Linking the sport to HIV/AIDS awareness and incorporating these messages into every day coaching sessions.

Working in partnership with the National Cricket Associations in each country, the relevant British High Commissions

and the ICC, CWB follows a simple, 3 stage sports development structure to try to ensure some form of sustained

development of the game: 1) Coach education; 2) Schools coaching, and 3) Tournament.

However, CWB is not just about sustainable cricket development. Of equal importance to the charity is the use of cricket

as a tool in the fight against the modern plague that is HIV/AIDS. In an area of the world where almost 25 million people

are living with HIV/AIDS and around 2.7 million adults and children are infected each year, we cannot ignore the

opportunity to combine sport with clear health messages for both coaches and youngsters.

CWB's training sessions involve discussion and practical demonstrations of simple cricket and non-cricket related drills

that deal with HIV/AIDS, both in terms of prevention and treatment. But it is not just about staying healthy, it is also

about ensuring equality of treatment for those with the disease. Stigma is a huge challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa. That

is why CWB sessions are about inclusiveness for all people, whatever their status.

 

To read Grant's "Tales from Uganda" click here