Kolkata, 5 February: Two Indian teams – India North and India South will represent the country to play the first Street Children Cricket World Cup (SCCWC) at the prestigious Lords Cricket Ground in England. The teams will arrive in Cambridge on the 30th of April 2019 and after two days of cricket at Parker's Piece, a municipal park in Cambridge, the Finals will be held at Lords on the 7th of May 2019. Gearing up for the big game, just ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Save the Children and Hope Foundation are jointly training the India North team of four boys and four girls in Kolkata. Harnessing the power of Cricket, this unique World Cup will unite street-connected children from across the world in London and Cambridge to play an international cricket tournament, and campaign for their rights and protection. These young people will make their voices heard and make recommendations, inspiring countries, governments and communities to better protect, respect and support street-connected children worldwide. Alongside the cricketing action, the young people involved will participate in a unique Model UN Congress for street children’s rights, acting as ambassadors addressing the specific issues they face and making recommendations to protect street children’s rights worldwide to achieve lasting change.
According to Save the Children study, nearly 20 lakh children in India live on streets. Nearly 80% do not have an identity or access to social protection schemes making them vulnerable and invisible.
Delighted to put together a team for India, Bidisha Pillai, CEO, Save the Children said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for children to demonstrate their talent at this global platform and what better than at the Home of Cricket – Lords. These are vulnerable, yet resourceful children, who, given the opportunity, can realise their true potential. The match will engage, train, empower and encourage children to be champions of change and inspire others. Save the Children supports the global operations of Street Child United, and together we aim to make the invisible visible.”
Speaking of the opportunity Geeta Venkadakrishnan, Director Hope Kolkata Foundation shared, “For the last 20 years The Hope Foundation has invested in the protection and education of children living on the streets and in the slum communities, we have helped over 55 000 children through education projects alone. Their rights, needs and potential are at the heart of all of our work. We are very proud partners of the Street Child Cricket World Cup which will be a platform to recognise the voices and dreams of these vulnerable children. The event is an opportunity to raise awareness of the child's right to belong to their own community, to the global community and to live life to their full potential.”
THE STREET CHILD CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL WILL BE HELD AT LORD’S CRICKET GROUND ON TUESDAY, 7TH MAY 2019.
Taking place ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales this summer, Street Child United’s inaugural Street Child Cricket World Cup will unite street-connected children from across the world in London and Cambridge to play an international cricket tournament, and campaign for their rights and protection.
The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 aims to change the way that young people who live on the streets are seen and treated. The event does this by creating a global platform for these young people, and organisations that support them, to campaign from.
The event will take place in early May, with two days of cricket at Parker's Piece, a municipal park in Cambridge, before the Finals Day which will be held at Lord’s.
Around 80 street-connected young people from across the world will represent their country, playing matches in the Street 20 format; a version of cricket designed to be played in communities where normal facilities for playing the game aren’t easily accessible.
All the teams involved, ten of them in total from a range of countries, will play on the hallowed turf at Lord’s, leading to the final of the tournament later on in the day.
Street Child United having been holding sporting events since 2010 when they mirrored the FIFA World Cup in South Africa with a Street Child World Cup. They replicated their success in Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018, whilst also holding a Street Child Games before the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Last year’s Street Child Football World Cup in Moscow resulted in seven teams being able to progress their campaigns to their respective governments. The tournament reached a global audience of approximately 300 million people.
Alongside the cricketing action, the young people involved will participate in a unique Model UN Congress
for street children’s rights, acting as ambassadors addressing the specific issues they face and making
recommendations to protect street children’s rights worldwide to achieve lasting change. Guy Lavender,
Chief Executive & Secretary of Marylebone Cricket Club said:
“We are delighted to welcome the Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 to Lord’s in May. As an organisation, Street Child United have done some fantastic work with their previous sporting tournaments and we are proud to be playing our part in their latest endeavours."
“It is a real example of how the power of cricket can contribute to changing people’s lives and we are sure that the event will be a great success and help to inspire many others.”
Sir John Major, Street Child Cricket World Cup Patron said:
“What better place to demonstrate our commitment to improving the circumstances of these young people than the world-famous cathedral of cricket, Lord’s.
“The momentous act of playing there is a powerful symbol of the importance of the message the young people will deliver during their World Cup and will be heard across the world.”
Nisha, aged 16, will play for Nepal at the Street Child Cricket World Cup. She said:
“I am very excited to be selected as one of the players to represent my country at the Street Child Cricket World Cup. I consider myself very lucky to be able to travel to England with my friends to play cricket and this is a huge opportunity for me to express myself and I'm looking forward to speaking about the issues we face.”
"SPORT HAS THE POWER TO BRING NATIONS TOGETHER - IT IS TRULY A FORCE FOR UNITY" - KUMAR Sangakkara Kumar Sangakkara, Street Child United Ambassador and MCC World Cricket Committee Member said:
“Sport has the power to bring nations together - it is truly a force for unity. That is why I’m supporting the Street Child Cricket World Cup in London 2019, using our shared passion for cricket to enable some of the world’s most disadvantaged and marginalised children to show their talents, make their voices heard and celebrate the potential of every child, no matter their background.”
The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 (SCCWC 2019) Summit took place in Cambridge in October 2018 bringing together organisations from across the world who provide frontline support for street-connected young people.
Street Child United were delighted to welcome Team Leaders from the following organisations, who will represent the countries taking part in SCCWC 2019:
Team Bangladesh – LEEDO
Team DRC – Kongolese Children’s Foundation
Team England – Centrepoint
Team India North – Save the Children India and The Hope Foundation
Team India South – Karunalaya and Magic Bus
Team Mauritius – SAFIRE
Team Nepal – Street Child and Childreach Nepal
Team Pakistan – Muslim Hands
Team Refugees – The Change Foundation
Team Tanzania – Pamoja Child and Youth Foundation
The Summit took place over five days, during which the organisations shared best practice, were prepared for taking part in a Street Child United event, inputted to the plans for SCCWC 2019 and heard talks from expert speakers including Caroline Ford (Consortium for Street Children), Saurabh Mishra (Commonwealth Secretariat) and Tulchan Communications.
The final day of the Summit took place at Lord’s, where the finals of the Street Child Cricket World Cup will be played. The Team Leaders took part in a Street 20 cricket training session, delivered by the Change Foundation, and had a tour of the ground and museum.
We’d like to say a big thank you to St Paul’s in Cambridge and Lord’s Cricket Ground for hosting the Summit and our amazing volunteers and suporters, without whom the event wouldn’t have been possible.