The days were organised so we coached the teachers on the first day, going through the skills sets required for different aspects of the game (fielding, batting and bowling). The following day the teachers would arrive with the school children (approximately 16-20 children per school x 8-12 schools) and we would coach the children on different aspects of the sport. During these sessions the local teachers would be the coaches and we would support them to delivering the coaching to the children as well as promote the ABC (Abstain, Be Faithful, Condomise) HIV messages. The third day was competition time, where the different schools would compete against one another. The fourth day was either a rest day or we took the 5 hour coach journeys to the next town and repeated this.
For me my first experience of cricket coaching/volunteering was a great. I learned a lot from working alongside CWB’s coaches about tutoring in general and engaging the Ugandan teachers and children. It was of course working with the children that I enjoyed the most. They were all such fantastic athletes, polite and friendly, so keen to learn and using cricket to help them become more aware of the risk of HIV is really effective.
Since returning to the UK, I have signed up to complete the coaching courses in England (UKCC Level 1 and 2). I start these end of Jan 2013.
I would also definitely recommend others to volunteer with CWB you will have a great time.
Finally, I want to thank everyone for supporting me raise the necessary funds. Honestly I thought I would struggle to reach my target figure, but everyone's generosity was so overwhelming.
See you on the cricket field or in a bar sometime very soon.
ps: those who want to read more about CWB and our work in Uganda, we all took turns to write a daily blog, and its here: