As a Cricket Without Boundaries volunteer, most of your time on project will be spent coaching young people! You’ll be part of a team of between 6 and 10 volunteers, working alongside local coaches and ambassadors to reach thousands of kids over the course of the two-week project.
There are three main types of session you’ll be involved in on a project:
These are the bread and butter of a CWB project. A typical session lasts between 1 and 2 hours, and the structure of the session will be planned by the project tutor depending on the time and space available, and the number of participants. There will usually be a warm-up, and then the group will split into “stations” – different activities that participants will rotate around.
Early on you’ll typically be paired up with another volunteer or coach to run one of the stations in the session. Your Project Leader and Tutor will work together to plan who will work with who each day, pairing those with less experience with experienced coaches or returning volunteers.
We have some specifically designed activities that can help facilitate discussion about HIV, gender equality and stigma (Integrated Learning) while making sure participants get lots of opportunity to practice fun, simple cricket skills. You’ll see most of these at the training weekend, and you can also read the guides below and watch the videos.
You’ll normally spend 3-4 days in each town that you visit. The last day will normally be a festival, where you’ll be called on to help with running games for participants from the schools you’ll have worked with earlier in the week.
The festival structure will be planned by your tutor, depending on the number of schools involved and the experience of the schools taking part. For areas new to cricket, you’ll usually play rapid fire, while more established regions will play mini cricket (pairs cricket).
Festivals are a great chance for volunteers to follow their passions; people who are cricket-nuts will enjoy scoring and umpiring games, while volunteers with an interest in the social and health issues we address can get involved in chatting with teams waiting for their next game, directing participants to the HIV testing tent if available, and running some of the integrated learning activities.
Early on in each area there will typically be a morning, if not a whole day, when coaches and teachers from the town come together to develop their cricket coaching and health messaging with the project tutor and other volunteers.
They’ll go through the inclusive coaching method, some key cricket skills, and then games that teachers can use year round that don’t need lots of equipment and involve lots of players. You’ll have a chance to see part of a typical coach education session at the training weekend, but you can also check out these resources.