No boundaries for Colvin
England spinner Holly Colvin has become the first UK ambassador for Cricket Without Boundaries.
The 23-year-old, who was named in the team of the tournament at the recent ICC Women’s World Cup in India, will use her role to raise the charity’s profile and promote its work delivering vital HIV/AIDS awareness messages through cricket.
Days after returning from the competition, where England finished third, she departed for Uganda to take part in her second CWB project, following a visit to Kenya in October.
“I am honoured to become the UK ambassador for Cricket Without Boundaries," said Colvin.
"The charity has become very important to me as it allows me to give opportunities to those less fortunate than myself and simply reminds me why I started playing cricket.
“My trip to Kenya was the most incredible and humbling experience - one which I will never forget. Because of this I jumped at the chance to go out to Uganda even though it was so soon after I got back the World Cup.”
On her visit to Africa Colvin will join a team of volunteers delivering coaching sessions in schools, training new coaches and using cricket to educate young people on how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.
She will also be part of a new women’s group that has been set up to encourage more female volunteers and continue the organisation’s work promoting gender equality in its project countries.
But with CWB currently recruiting for trips to Rwanda, Botswana, Uganda and Kenya this autumn and in spring 2014, Colvin says she would recommend the experience to men and women alike.
She said: “With my new role I’m particularly keen to increase women’s participation on our trips but volunteering with CWB is something I would urge anyone to do. If you have a passion for cricket and want to give something back then this is a wonderful way to do it. You get to visit some amazing countries, meet some inspiring people and make a real difference.”
CWB is looking to recruit ECB tutors, qualified coaches, umpires and scorers but volunteers don’t need to have any previous cricket experience as training is given to all new recruits.
Every volunteer must be over 18, complete an ECB Criminal Records Enhanced Bureau check prior to departure and will have to raise funds to support the project.
A typical trip includes coaching in schools, training local teachers and coaches and running cricket festivals. Previous projects have seen CWB coaches run coach education courses for Maasai warriors in Kenya and use cricket as a tool to help communities in Rwanda continue their recovery from civil war.