BUILDING A FUTURE FOR CRICKET IN RWANDA
The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation was formed in August 2011 to build and manage, on a not-for-profit basis, the first dedicated international cricket ground in Rwanda. The charity is run by a team of cricket enthusiasts from the UK and Rwanda, in partnership with the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation.
Development of a 4.5 hectare site on the edge of Kigali, Rwanda's capital, is due to begin in early 2015. From there, the Rwanda Cricket Association can continue their excellent progress in developing the game in schools and universities as well as amongst Rwanda's most disadvantaged young people.
It is always heartening to hear of cricket spreading its roots to unfamiliar territory, and bringing so much pleasure to new players and spectators. Given Rwanda's troubled past, I am sure cricket can play a strong role in bringing the people of Rwanda together." Jonathan Agnew, RCSF Patron, Former England Test Cricketer & BBC Cricket Commentator
Why Cricket & Why Rwanda?
During three months in 1994 almost 1 million people - or 1 in 10 Rwandans - were brutally murdered throughout Rwanda in one of the most efficient genocides in history. In the months and years that followed, having grown up in exile in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, thousands of Rwandans returned home to rebuild their lives in the land of their ancestors.
In 1999 a small number of them formed the Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA). In 2002 the RCA leased a small field from the Kicukiro College of Technology in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. Despite the RCA's excellent development programme, which has encouraged almost 5,000 Rwandans to take up the game, this uneven field remains the country's only cricket ground.
The construction of Rwanda's first dedicated cricket ground will provide a permanent home for the sport, helping its development and increasing opportunity for thousands of disadvantaged young people.
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