Barclays Spaces for Sports and children’s charity Magic Bus hosted an event yesterday in India to launch the Street20 Cricket programme.
The three-year initiative will use street cricket to teach children and young people essential life skills, including teamwork, communication and decision-making.
A total of 10,500 children and young people from marginalised communities in Mumbai and Delhi are expected to take part in the programme, empowering them to become leaders and make positive life choices in areas such as education and health.
Trainers from Barclays Spaces for Sports’ UK charity partner Cricket for Change will mentor trainers, who will in turn deliver the Street20 Cricket programme to local youth volunteers known as ‘Community Sports Coaches’.
The Community Sports Coaches will run the programme and create relationships with the children and young people under their care.
Kirk Harrison, Head of Barclays Spaces for Sports, said: “We are delighted to be working with Magic Bus on this groundbreaking and exciting Street20 cricket programme.
“The three-year initiative will bring life skills to thousands of marginalised Indian youths in both Mumbai and New Delhi via the platform of Street20 cricket, as well as leave a lasting legacy in the local communities via the training of local leaders.”
“Barclays Spaces for Sports and Cricket for Change share a common ethos in how sport for development programmes should be structured with gender equality, the right to education, focused measurement and evaluation and sustainability as core components of this initiative.”
Pratik Kumar, Chief Operating Officer of Magic Bus India, added: “In a country where cricket is a national passion, using it as a medium to empower children and youth seems like a natural progression.
“Magic Bus has always believed in the power of sport as a developmental tool and we are thankful to have forged a strong partnership with Barclays Spaces for Sport to deliver the Street20 cricket programme.”
Barclays Spaces for Sports is part of Barclays community investment programme, which invests in local communities as an integral part of the firm’s Citizenship strategy.
With a focus on financial, enterprise and life skills, Barclays supports disadvantaged people in building the confidence and skills to achieve financial independence and security.