Street Child Cricket World Cup London & Cambridge 2019

“We demand a level playing field for all young people and a platform for our voice.
Will you listen?”
Abbas, Team England, Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019

Abbas was speaking at the SCCWC 2019 General Assembly at Lord’s, shortly after all the young people had played matches in front of the world-famous pavilion. Earlier in the week our young people had spoken at a reception in Westminster, voicing their demands at the heart of British politics.

The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 gave street-connected young people from across the world a global platform to speak from – will you listen?

It is impossible to hear stories such as the ones told by the young people taking part in the SCCWC 2019 and not to be profoundly moved by their experiences, and impelled to help improve their situation. The SCCWC 2019 will give these young people a platform, so that the whole world can listen to their stories, and work together to ensure a much brighter and safer life for them now - and in the future.

The Rt Hon Sir John Major, KG CH, Patron of the Street Child Cricket World Cup

What happened

The inaugural Street Child Cricket World Cup took place from 30 April – 7 May 2019, with the cricket played at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge and on the main ground at Lord’s.

Eight teams of street-connected young people from across the world took part in a mixed-gender cricket tournament, a festival of arts and a congress on street childrens rights.

When Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson led their teams down the pavilion steps for the ICC World Cup Final, they followed in the footsteps of Paulraj (Team India South) and Jasmin (Team England), who had done the same for the SCCWC 2019 Final one month before.

Before the Final, the honour of ringing the Five Minute Bell went to Shopna (Team Bangladesh) and Tarek (Team India North), who featured in films made by the World Bank telling the stories of them and their teammates getting birth certificates and passports to come to the SCCWC 2019.



The SCCWC 2019 was also a homecoming – a change to bring an SCU event to Cambridge, where the founders of the charity are from. The Cambridge community went several extra miles to welcome the young people to the city and show their support, and we are beyond grateful for their generosity.

The idea for the first Street Child World Cup came from a group of families in Cambridge, and mony of our long-term supporters and volunteers are there. We were delighted to see the city embrace the SCCWC 2019 volunteering, attending and supporting in great numbers.

Schools across Cambridge used the SCCWC 2019 as an educational opportunity, including hosting assemblies, holding cricket lessons and tournaments, hosting SCCWC 2019 Teams for arts activities and concerts and fundraising to support the event.

A message from street-connected young people across the world

The General Assembly, where the young people presented messages on behalf of street-connected children from their countries, took place in the Thomas Lord Suite at Lord’s after the SCCWC 2019 Final.

Alongside the General Assembly, we held an exhibition of art made by the young people and professional artists throughout the SCCWC 2019.

The young people crafted their General Assembly messages through the SCCWC 2019 congress, delivered in partnership with StreetInvest, the Consortium for Street Children and Baker McKenzie.

In facilitated Congress workshops the young people shared their experiences, hopes for the future and barriers to achieving them. They also received training in shaping an effective advocacy message and how best to deliver it in public and through the media.

Team Bangladesh

“We call on the government to create laws to provide a legal identity for all street children; to stop engagement of all children under 18 in any form of labour, particularly hazardous and dangerous work; to ensure primary education for all children; and to make a new law to stop all marriages for young people under the age of 18.”

Team England

“Young people in the UK are stereotyped – people associate us with gangs, drugs and violence. We are so much more than this. We demand from the government more fudning for mental health awareness and support, educational programmes and opportunities, a level playing field for all young people, and a platform for our voice. Will you listen?”

Team India North

“We do not have the right to identity and gender equality and do not have access to education and healthcare. No child should work to earn his or her food. We call on the government to act on these issues and ensure that all children have these rights.”

Team India South

“To protect street children, basic facilities like clean bathrooms, toilets, quality water, clean food, medical facilities and quality education must be provided for free to all children who live on the streets. If you respect us you will listen to us. If you listen to us, you will protect us – please protect us.”

Team Mauritius

“We want all children in Mauritius to be treated equally, whatever their background or ethnicity. We demand that our government provides homes for poor families as a right. We demand that our government provides formal education for children up to the age of 16, and also to provide healthcare for all children. Finally, we call on our government to raise awareness of issues around drug trafficking and addiction for children and child abuse.”

Team Nepal

“I want all street children to have knowledge and skills, be treated equally and nurtured to be equal citizens so that they can contribute to their countries. While living in the streets there was no proper clothing, little to eat and physical and emotional abuse. Serives like education and health were far from our reach. To survive we had to work in dangerous and hazardous conditions, which are not made for children.”

Team Tanzania

“On the streets, children face physical, psychological and sexual violence. Every one of us has the responsibility to protect children and we would like to see children living in safe, supportive environments. We are children, and we want the government to protect children and to give them social services including education, better healthcare and all the rights that other children have so that we can grow and develop.”

Team West Indies

“We demand that our governments hold parents more accountable for failing to adequately care for and protect their children. Too often parents leave the child unattended, which can result in them being physically, emotionally and sexually abused. We also call on the government to provide greater access to health, education and sporting facilities.”


The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 gave street-connected children a voice, raising awareness, challenging negative perceptions and calling for street children everywhere to be better protected, respected and supported. Find out what happened.


Young people empowered

Through feedback at the SCCWC 2019, the young people told us:

  • 91% felt they had strong teamwork
  • 86% felt confident talking about their own rights
  • 94% felt prepared to be interviewed by the media
  • and 90% felt confident engaging with people from other countries and cultures

Team England Captain Jasmin was invited to speak at Beyond Sport, an international conference bringing together leaders from sport, business, government and development, to discuss how sport can address social issues and trigger positive change

Partner organisations strengthened

Young people from Team India North have been leading talks and workshops in their communities promoting children’s rights.

Team India South have been supporting other young people in their community to secure legal identification.

Team Tanzania have been working with the Tanzanian Cricket Association to engage more street-connected young people in their community through cricket and leadership sessions.

Team West Indies were invited to a reception at the British High Commission in Jamaica, attended by West Indies cricket legend Chris Gayle, to celebrate their achievements at the SCCWC 2019.

A global platform

The SCCWC 2019 caught the imagination of people across the world, and was reported on by the global media, including BBC Africa, CNN, the Big Issue, Forbes India, Thomson Reuters and a Sky Cricket piece fronted by England ICC Women’s World Cup winner Isa Guha.

Media partnerships with Wisden, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and the Malala Fund took the young people’s messages to a diverse global audience.

The Bangladeshi High Commissioner in London, H. E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem, met with Team Bangladesh and committed to taking their message to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister


The world’s cricket community supports the Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019

The SCCWC 2019 received fantastic support from across the cricketing community, not least MCC’s amazing generosity in hosting the Finals and General Assembly at Lord’s.

The Rajasthan Royals got behind the event, inviting Team India North to meet their players before SCCWC 2019, including Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.

Former India Men’s Captain Sourav Ganguly and India Women’s Captain Mithali Raj supported SCCWC 2019 as Ambassadors for Team India. Ganguly met Team India North players before they travelled to the UK, and sent a video team talk to Team India South before they won the SCCWC 2019 Final.

Team England were guests of the ECB at an England vs Pakistan ODI at the Oval the day after the SCCWC 2019 Final, where they were welcomed onto the pitch during a break in play. Dan Norcross interviewed Team England for BBC Test Match Special. Dan Norcross, along with Isabelle Westbury and BBC MotD’s Vicki Sparks, provided live commentary at the SCCWC 2019 matches.

Alongside the SCCWC 2019 tournament, we held an All Star Game to help amplify the voices of the young people

Festival of the Arts

The SCCWC 2019 Festival of Arts saw young people taking part in activities including drumming, dancing, painting and singing, as well as professional artists and members of the public making work inspired by the event.

Schools around Cambridge welcomed the SCCWC 2019 Teams and their students created and performed with the young people from across the world. Coleridge Community College held a concert raising money for SCCWC 2019, where their students performed alongside Team India South and Team Bangladesh.

At Parker’s Piece members of the public were invited to create SCCWC 2019 art, including banners of support and friendship bracelets. The crowd was entertained by music and dance performances over the two days.