ICC forms link with Sport for Life!
The International Cricket Council has announced that it has chosen Sport for Life! Caribbean to be its partner to provide a social legacy from the World Twenty20, as part of the global Think Wise partnership.
Located at the Test grounds in Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, the Sport for Life! Caribbean learning centres provide sport, education and healthy lifestyle training to thousands of disadvantaged children aged 10-16 who are failing to reach their potential at school and in society.
The project is supported by a group of senior sporting ambassadors, including West Indies legends Sir Viv Richards and Joel Garner as well as current player Darren Sammy.
The England team will also attend a coaching session organised by Sport for Life! Caribbean in the run-up to the start of the World Twenty20.
Each Sport for Life! learning centre has a state-of-the-art IT suite equipped with 20 computers and a whiteboard with projector.
Children come to the centres and have additional lessons in maths, English, ICT, science and healthy lifestyle training, as well as cricket coaching provided in association with National Cricket Associations.
Sport for Life! Caribbean is supported by the West Indies Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board in addition to the International Cricket Council.
Steve Elworthy, director of marketing and communications at the ECB, said: “The England and Wales Cricket Board is very proud to support this initiative which combines sport, education and healthy lifestyle training in a structured programme delivered by qualified teachers and coaches.
“It shows that the power of sport can inspire children and young adults to make a success of their lives.
“The England team will also be lending its support to the programme and we are delighted to have been invited to participate in such a progressive and positive campaign as Sport for Life!”
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The ICC’s support of Sport for Life! as our partner to provide a social legacy from the ICC World Twenty20 2010, recognises the important role that sport can play in inspiring young people.
“The project is able to help children raise their literacy and numeracy standards by motivating them to learn in an innovative classroom environment.
“It also provides young people with important advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle and protect themselves from HIV.”
Lord Richard Newby, chair of Sport for Life! International, said: “We are delighted that Sport for Life! has been chosen by the ICC to play such an important role in its social legacy programme in the Caribbean.
“We are now able to consolidate Sport for Life! in its existing four countries and expand as planned to a further two in the next year.
“This has been an enormous boost to add to the support we have received from the England and Wales Cricket Board.”