LCB Donate Old Cricket Clothing
The LCB send old cricket clothing to Freetown in Sierra Leone for the second time, following the successful visit by Lancashire based cricket coaches two years ago.
Mark and Naomi Aspin from Church CC flew out to Freetown in Sierra Leone on 22 March following a successful visit 2 years ago in 2012. Both Mark and Naomi are qualified cricket coaches and took the opportunity to coach cricket to young people and adults, most of whom would otherwise not get any exposure to the sport out there. They spent time coaching local children from schools in Freetown, where 98 children attended the coaching session, ages ranging from 5 to 15
Old cricket clothing donated by the LCB and Tutors of the LCB Coach Education programme, was given to the children and adults from the schools.
Naomi also spent time coaching the girls and women national teams, while Mark spent 3 days with their coaches delivering a bespoke cricket coach education course he had put together to try and bring their coaching methods up-to-date. Following these 3 days he went on to spend time with the national Sierra Leonne team preparing them for an ICC tournament in South Africa.
Mark Aspin said: “Make it happen in Sierra Leone renovate and build schools and are passionate about cricket and the life skills this can bring to the people of Sierra Leone such as team work, camaraderie, discipline, focus, fun and taking them away from the hardships of everyday life living in one of the poorest countries in the world.
"We would like to thank all who donated equipment for this Sierra Leone trip, the response was overwhelming."
The LCB would like to thank Mark and Naomi on their efforts in helping young people and adults of Freetown in Sierra Leone and making it possible for old cricket clothing to be put to good use.
Their trip was sponsored by the Manchester based Charity “Make it happen in Sierra Leone” www.mih-sl.org.
More images from their trip can be viewed by clicking the Image gallery on the right.