LK2 Supports Cricket Charity’s African Mission

TRACEY Francis, director of sport & leisure at the LK2 Group, has been appointed as a trustee of Cricket Without Boundaries and will be making her first trip to Rwanda with the charity this month (October).

Tracey’s passion to support the charity stems from her decades of experience in the sports world, working within leading bodies such as the ECB, Sport England, and several local authorities and cricketing organisations. Tracey also launched and managed The Trent Bridge Community Trust a charity based in Nottinghamshire working with disadvantaged and marginalised young people, through education, health, sport, and employment.

On the trip, Tracey will be supporting a team of 10 volunteers who will be coaching cricket and providing health education messages to Rwandan schools and orphanages. Each trip can see the organisation help up to 4,000 children in just a fortnight and their projects are underpinned by Country Ambassadors who are empowered to continue delivering equipment, training and coaching to teachers and children alike.

Tracey said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as a trustee for Cricket Without Boundaries. I believe cricket is about being inclusive, with no boundaries and playing with your friends. With that in mind, the theme for the trip to Rwanda is friendship. After all, it was the friendship and passion of the charity founders – now in its 15th year – and my friendship with Lindsay from Killisick Junior School which led to this collaboration.”

“The LK2 Group recently donated 200 tennis balls to Killisick Junior School in Nottinghamshire as part of a programme. The children from the school will be drawing their faces on the tennis balls and then naming them before they are sent to Rwanda and exchanged for balls personalised by local children. This will create a tangible connection between the two schools that the pupils can really understand and benefit from.”

Lindsay Clark, headteacher from Killisick Junior School, said: “Our current theme in school is about kindness; we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this than our children being involved in personalising the tennis balls and receiving them back from the children of Rwanda.

“We very much hope that we can continue to support Cricket Without Boundaries in the future, it’s important our children understand that there are young people all over the world in very different circumstances, and that this small symbol of our kindness will go a long way to making the children of Rwanda smile.”

Lee Booth from Cricket Without Boundaries, said: “Tracey joining Cricket Without Boundaries as a trustee has been of enormous value to the charity. She is bringing a wealth of expertise to the organisation and her commitment in making this trip to Rwanda so soon after her appointment is a real testament to the passion she has for our work.
“We know that playing cricket in Cricket Without Boundaries sessions fosters togetherness, teamwork, and compassion in our participants, and so I can’t think of a better way to extend this than through building this unique and memorable connection between children and communities in the UK and Rwanda.”

If you would like to find out more about Cricket Without Boundaries, are interested in volunteering or making a small donation please visit: cricketwithoutboundaries.com

For more information about LK2 please visit: lk2.co.uk

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