"C4C aims to develop innovative programmes that have a long-term impact. With this in mind we set up initiatives that encourage young people to pass on the skills they've learned to others."
Early November (2010) saw C4C in partnership with the ‘Afghan Connection’ visit Kabul to assist the ‘Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation’ (AYSCO) in delivering a street cricket training programme. The programme was designed to educate young cricketers and potential young coaches into the organization of the game. It also showed them the impact that these improved opportunities can create for them and for those they will be coaching or playing with.
The course was unique, because many of the young people there had never experienced game related training and many of the aspiring young coaches were taken aback by how the games that the C4C coaches introduced were not only fun but incredibly informative. The group swelled from 16 to 60 by the end of the 4 days (that C4C were in Kabul). A particular highlight was seeing the eight female members of the group shine and show great responsibility and leadership in their roles as coaches.
The whole group learnt how to play C4C’s ‘Street20’ (a fast and innovative way of playing and introducing cricket to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds), which was used to finish the trip off with a tournament of over 50 young people in 8 teams battling it out for a trophy kindly donated by the Afghan International cricket player, Raees Ahmadzai.
The trip was an undoubted success with the young people getting a good grasp of the game and its rules. It was great to see these talented young people running games and competitions themselves and C4C are very hopeful that the young people will keep assisting the AYSCO in the future. C4C would like to give their appreciation and thanks to Mr Ahmadzai and the ‘Afghan Connection’ for all of their help and support during this wonderful trip. C4C look forward to developing the relationship and programme into 2011 and beyond.
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