Introducing Cricket in a School in Syrian Refugee Camp

A Project of CKC Volunteers.

Location: Shatila Camp, West Beirut, Lebanon

Date of the cricket camp: October 22nd to 26th 2018.

“In partnership with Basmeh and Zeitooneh a charity supporting refugees in Shatila Refugee Camp in Lebanon, Capita Kids Cricket is excited to send 2 volunteers cricket coaches and 1 Trustee to run a week-long cricket in a school. The main concept will be to introduce cricket to the children and train few PE staffs to continue the game.”

Refugee Camp

Basmeh & Zeitooneh was launched in September 2012 with field visits to areas with high concentrations of the most marginalized and desperate Syrian refugees. The main goal of these visits was to assess needs and find gaps left by other aid agencies. Basmeh & Zeitooneh’s volunteers make frequent field visits and foster a relationship of trust etc. In Arabic “basmeh,” means smile and “zeitooneh,” means olive, a symbol of peace and nourishment. We hope cricket can be a useful tool to give the young people something new to try and enjoy.

Capital Kids Cricket is well known to introduce cricket to very young people across London through school cricket programmes from very young age. CKC hope this might be the beginning of cricket in the school and the community surrounding Shatila camp. Three personal volunteering are Shahidul Alam Ratan a Level 3 coach, coach Educator also CEO of CKC, Kanan Thiyagarajah a level 2 coach who himself came to England as refugee back in 1995 from war affected Sri Lanka and CKC Trustee Helena Eccles a consultant at McKinsey who also played cricket at highest level in Warwickshire county cricket club.

Find more about Basmeh & Zeitooneh in the links below:

Volunteers going to run Cricket Camp

Shahidul Alam (Ratan)

Shahidul Alam Ratan joined CKC in June 2008 as the Development Head Coach and became the CEO in March 2015. Ratan, an ECB Level 3 Coach and coach educator, has huge coaching experience from grassroots to elite level, junior cricket to high performance, as well as mentoring coaches, administration, planning, development and creative ideas to grow the game at both a recreational and elite level. As a chief leader, Ratan conceptualizes and manages all cricket-development programmes for CKC across London. He has been instrumental in establishing and executing strategic partnerships with various cricket organisations including the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), County Cricket Boards (Essex, Middlesex, Surrey), the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Chance to Shine and other sports development organisations. Prior to CKC, Ratan served as the National Coach and High Performance Senior Coach for Bangladesh from 2001 to 2006.

Kanan Thiyagarajah

My name is Kanan Thiyagarajah, I live in Chadwell Heath and I am an ECB qualified level 2 coach. I volunteer at Barking Cricket Club and work with Capital Kids Cricket and Essex County cricket.

ECB qualified level 2 coach. Kanan volunteer at Barking Cricket Club and work with Capital Kids Cricket and Essex County cricket.

More about Kanan vist social media sites are below:
Twitter: @KananCoach
Instagram: @kananCricketCoach
Facebook page: KananCoach

Helena Eccles

Consultant at McKinsey & Company
Trustee, Capital Kids Cricket
Went to University of Cambridge and was very much involved with Cambridge University Womens Cricket team, Cambridge Amateur Dramatics Club, CAM FM News Team, The Marlow Society.
Helena also played cricket at highest level in Warwickshire county cricket club.