Cricket boost for children in Mumbai
Project Front Foot (PFF), is a charity that provides not only cricket clothing and equipment, but also coaching and structured cricket matches to the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, the third largest slum in the world.
The Lord’s Taverners supports PFF through our Sports Kit Recycling scheme, donating kit to them to enable them to continue their work at their academy in Dharavi and to deliver kit to rural schools, sports clubs, hospitals, orphanages and village communities around Mumbai and the wider state of Maharashtra.
Now entering its ninth year, PFF has taken over two tonnes of kit to Mumbai and, in 2015 with the help of local NGO Reality Gives, set up a cricket academy to back up the cricket coaching they were already delivering. Having secured funding through a partnership with Mumbai based company Allcargo Logistics, the Dharavi Cricket Academy was set up and full-time coaches were employed. Coaching sessions now run morning and afternoon three days a week for U12, U14 and U16 age groups. The new afternoon sessions enable those children who attend morning school to join the academy.
There is no cricket played in Dharavi schools, and no competitive games other than on waste ground around the slum. The coaches at the Dharavi Cricket Academy organised four matches in December against local sports clubs, after selecting squads at U12, U14 and U16 level. There were good performances from Academy sides including a tense win for the U12 side in their first competitive match.
The PFF team will be heading out to Mumbai in February, taking with them another 200kgs of donated kit. Their four-week visit will see them work at the academy and distribute kit all over the state of Maharashtra to schools that lack sports equipment through their Rural Schools Initiative.