Street20 cricket heads to Serbia with Cricket4Change

Tue, Jul 17, 2012 10:39 AM

Street20 cricket heads to Serbia with Cricket4Change
On July 3, TransConflict Serbia and the Serbian Cricket Federation - in conjunction with Cricket4Change from the UK - organised an inaugural Street20 cricket tournament in the main square in Bujanovac, Serbia.

Street20 cricket is a simplified form of the sport, designed to be played in urban environments, making use of existing basketball courts or sports halls. Requiring only four to eight players, two bats, two sets of plastic stumps and a ball, Street20 is readily accessible to all; allowing those who have never before encountered the sport to play on their very doorstep.

Trainings and demonstrations were conducted by three experienced Cricket4Change coaches from the UK - Andy Sellins, Andy Dalby-Welsh and Danny Baker - along with members of the Serbian national cricket team, before the participants competed in a Street20 tournament.

Street20 Cricket in Bujanovac provided an important opportunity to transcend inter-ethnic divisions, strengthening their language, social and leadership skills. Thanks to donations of equipment, it is hoped that Street20 Cricket will become a regular part of life in south Serbia, with plans in-place to organize follow-up demonstrations and trainings.

Cricket4Change is a UK-based organization that uses cricket to change the lives of disadvantaged young people. Cricket4Change has set up programmes in a variety of countries, including Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Cuba, Uganda and Tanzania.

Andy Sellins, Cricket4Change's Chief Executive, emphasised that, "Cricket for Change were delighted to be asked to contribute to the great work being undertaken by the Serbian Cricket Association and their partners with marginalized young people and their communities. We understand the power of cricket to bring young people together in a neutral and safe environment and this is exactly what we saw taking place during our recent visit.

"We are keen to work closely with the Serbian Cricket Association and the International Cricket Council to develop a programme across the region and help create safer environments for many more young people," said Sellins.

TransConflict and the Serbian Cricket Federation would like to thank the British Embassy in Belgrade, PBILD, UNICEF, ICC Europe, Centre for Tolerance and Integration of Southern Serbia, and the municipality of Bujanovac for their generous support.

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