Cricket World Cup for street children announced for London 2019
Posted on the 9th June 2017
This week we announced our plans for the first Street Child Cricket World Cup, which will take place ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
The inaugural Street Child Cricket World Cup will bring together street-connected children from 8 cricketing nations in London for their own international Cricket World Cup tournament, festival of arts and Congress for their rights.
At an event held at the MCC Museum Lord’s, we announced our plans to members of the cricketing community, including Derek Brewer, Head of the Marylebone Cricket Club and Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, who hosted a special auction on the night, including a signed cricket bat donated by Investec. We were also excited to be joined by broadcaster and former England Women’s cricket international, Isa Guha and host for the evening and Street Child United champion, Sky Sports Presenter David Garrido.
“Cricket is a sport about passion from the Caribbean to Australasia and everywhere in between. Imagine the impact of speaking to so many people worldwide. We can really help transform the way street children are seen and treated.”
The UN estimates there are up to 150 million children surviving on the streets today. Instead of receiving support, these children are often stigmatised, and as a result abused, marginalised and mistreated by society.
We use the power of sport to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street-connected children. Ahead of the world’s biggest sporting events, like the FIFA World Cup, we organise international sports events for street-connected children to make their voices heard and champion their rights.
The Street Child Cricket World Cup will use the global appeal of cricket to give street-connected children a platform, raising awareness and tackling the widespread stigma they face.
Isa Guha, a World Cup and three time Ashes winner, pledged her support for the initiative, which will welcome an equal number of boys and girls to London. She said, “Cricket has an incredible responsibility – it has the power to promote awareness of important issues.”
Alongside playing cricket the children will work together to highlight the key issues they face and create a set of recommendations for their communities and governments to help improve the lives of street-connected children.
“In 2019 the world of cricket will be looking to England and Wales for the ICC Cricket World Cup, presenting an incredible opportunity to capture the global cricketing community’s attention to raise awareness for the millions of street-connected children worldwide, and challenge the negative perceptions and treatment they face.”
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