Paul Daniels came up with the idea of developing young people’s life skills through cricket. An initiative which would not only benefit the young people themselves but also their cricket club as the programme involved the young leaders giving back at least 20 hours of their time.
Paul was the leading light in the development of the programme and worked tirelessly to bring together a package of modules to be delivered to the young leaders. He also led funding bids to ensure that cost has never been a barrier to any of the young people wanting to take part. He has worked with the England and Wales Cricket Board to leverage their support and commitment, and after six years has convinced the CEO to commit to expanding the programme nationally.
Since launching with 12 young people from three clubs in 2010 this amazing programme has given 734 young people from 29 clubs across Kent, Sussex and Buckinghamshire the opportunity to become a young leader. It has improved their skills, given them qualifications and significantly increased the likelihood of retaining them in cricket.
The completion of over 16,000 hours of volunteering and 10,667 hours of learning is absolutely outstanding and to think this has all been driven by Paul and his small team of volunteers.