Cricket on the rise in Brazil thanks to donated kit
The Lord’s Taverners sports kit recycling programme has been giving young people in Brazil the opportunity to play cricket. At present, Cricket Brazil provide weekly coaching sessions to over 1,200 children in a small town called Poços de Caldas. In addition, they have been able to expand and help five community projects in the capital, Brasilia, giving a further 400 young people a sporting chance.
These cricket opportunities are proving popular with girls as well as boys, with girls making up 40% of the participants. Indirectly, Cricket Brazil’s work is benefiting the family members of the young people as they know that they are being coached in safe environments.
There are 26 social projects being run by Cricket Brazil in Poços de Caldas, a number that is growing year on year thanks to your donations through the Lord’s Taverners sports kit recycling scheme. Cricket Brazil aim to provide cricket coaching and structured matches to 5,000 young people by 2020, and to make cricket a national sport, not one just played by the expat community.
Matthew Featherstone, president of Cricket Brazil said: “It has made a massive difference. Without these donations sufficient equipment would be impossible to acquire. All equipment is imported, as nothing is manufactured in Brazil which makes it difficult and expensive to acquire.”