Recycled cricket kit helps to grow the game in Germany
Since 2016 we have regularly donated cricket kit to the Deutsche Cricket Union (DCU). The DCU has been reaching out to refugee communities in Germany ever since with young people from a number of key provinces benefiting from the kit donations.
On the back of these donations four new clubs from the Essen region have become part of the DCU league which highlights how the distribution of cricket kit has given Afghan refugees the chance to play cricket in Germany they would otherwise not get. Not only does this give Afghan’s with immense cricketing talent the chance to play, it also brings people in these communities together with new friendships formed and life skills learnt.
In 2017 the DCU introduced the Refugee Support Through Cricket project (RSTC) in Cologne and Arnsberg. Arnsberg is considered to be a major project by the DCU due to the support they have received from local football club TV Arnsberg 1861 e.V, who have accommodated the cricket playing refugees in the area and the Mayor of Arnsberg.
Many of the refugees/asylum seekers are well educated people who find themselves in very unfortunate circumstances but they receive great support from local businesses who help them with further training and studies.
The Mayor is in the process of trying to obtain a first ever cricket ground in the region which would provide a huge boost for cricket in the region, as not only will those already playing cricket have a better facility to play at, it will help take cricket to more people local as well.
We hope that our cricket kit donations continue to have such a positive impact on the lives of so many in Germany.
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