Donated kit helps young people in Ghana, Gambia and Guatemala
The Sportz4all project, which is run by Farm4life, has the aim of enriching the lives of the less privileged through sport, especially in Africa, with the foundation of the project based on cricket. This year the project has delivered your donated kit, through the Lord's Taverners Sports Kit Recycling programme, and has assisted with cricket development programmes in Ghana, Gambia and Guatemala.
In Ghana, Sportz4all delivered kit to and assisted with development programmes at the Nsroma Cricket Academy. The academy engages both boys and girls aged 5 and 15 through the game of cricket. 2017 saw a marked increase in the number of young people who received cricket coaching, due to the fact that they had access to equipment, especially among the growing number of girls who are participating. In the latter part of 2017, three girls who had come through the Nsroma Academy played for the national women's cricket team, who came second in the North West African Women's Cricket Championships!
In the second half of 2017, donated kit was delivered to both the Gambia Cricket Association and to Santiago Sacatepequez in Guatemala. In both regions it helped to spread the game among young people in communities who would otherwise have no access to cricket.
Looking ahead to 2018, Sportz4all has identified Liberia as a location in need of help to grow cricket within deprived communities. They have been in touch with the Liberia Cricket Association who are in need of clothing and kit to help introduce and promote the game to the youth, mostly on the streets and the deprived communities.
Francis Asare, Sport Coordinator for Farm4Life, who coordinates the Sportz4all programme, had this to say on the difference donated kit has made: "We wish to extend our appreciation for your partnership and help in the last couple of years and we look forward to a healthy one this year and beyond. Your help is changing lives in Africa."