“ELMHURST PRIMARY FROM NEWHAM LIFT THE TROPHY”
On Thursday, 28th March 2019, the Moogsoft William Greaves Trophy 2018/19, the UK’s largest indoor primary school cricket competition came to end with a final’s day at the MCC Academy, Lord’s. With over 2,500 children taking part in over 400 matches across 17 London boroughs, this was our biggest competition to date.
In 2017, following the death of William “Bill” Greaves, a founding member and trustee of Capital Kids Cricket, the competition was renamed in his honour. In 2018, Moogsoft, came on board as the official sponsors of the league.
Boroughs competing in the 2018/19 competition:
Barking and Dagenham*, Redbridge*, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lewisham, Greenwich, Southwark, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon*, Kingston upon Thames*, Merton*, Ealing, Camden, Westminster and Haringey.
*boroughs where we held the competition for the first time.
Following 17 borough rounds and four regional semi-finals, the grand final, as in previous years, was held at the MCC Academy (Lord’s) and brought together the winners and runners up of the semi-final rounds. With eight schools representing eight different boroughs, the finals day featured group games with two groups of four, followed by semi-finals and a final.
Elmhurst Primary School, representing Newham, defeated Manor Longbridge Primary representing Barking and Dagenham in the final and won the trophy.
Elmhurst Primary (Newham), Manor Longbridge Primary (Barking and Dagenham)*, Marner Primary (Tower Hamlets)*, Grasmere Primary (Hackney), Middle Park Primary (Greenwich), Furzedown Primary (Wandsworth), Rhodes Avenue Primary (Haringey) and Berrymede Primary (Ealing).*school competing in their first ever finals day
Haydn Turner, Chairman of CKC welcomed all present and thanked Moogsoft for their support in the biggest primary schools’ cricket competition. Shahidul Alam Ratan, CEO of CKC thanked all the schools that took part, teachers and staffs who had been working over the last 5 months to make it a successful competition.
Moogsoft are a California-based IT and Artificial Intelligence company whose British founder and CEO, Phil Tee, is a passionate cricket fan keen to give hundreds of London children the chance to play the game he has loved since childhood. Robert Harper, Chief Scientific Officer of Moogsoft, attended on behalf of the company and handed over the Moogsoft William Greaves Trophy to Elmhurst Primary School.
In a brief speech Rob said, “when I grew up, we played cricket at school, but I noticed that this later died out in London schools. CKC was set up to bring cricket back in to London schools and Moogsoft is proud to be supporting their work.”
In a message Chairman and CEO Phil Tee said:
“I remember as a young boy falling in love with cricket in the era of Botham/Lillee/Khan and Viv Richards. For an Englishman, the 149 not out of Ian Botham versus the Aussies at Headingley in 1981 remains one of the most exciting moments in sport! Ever since then it has been a passion of mine both as a player and a spectator, and I truly believe a metaphor for how to thrive in the hurly burly of the business world. It is sometimes said that uniquely amongst sports, cricket is simultaneously an individual and a team sport. As I have built software companies, ultimately success has come from both individual contributions and the team ethos as a whole. As a direct consequence of that, the opportunity to support the Capital Kids Cricket program and sponsor the “Moogsoft William Greaves” trophy is a huge honour. We depend intrinsically on the skills and talents of our kids, and this is a great way to nurture the next generation leaders. I hope that everyone involved has a fantastic time and may the best team win!!!!”
Widow of founding trustee William Greaves, Suzanne Greaves and their son Gerard Greaves, deputy editor of the Daily Mail, handed over the William Greaves running trophy to the winners.
Among others CKC’s Chief Patron, Lady Victoria Getty, Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Lindsey Hall, Deputy Speaker of Hackney, Councillor Kam Adams, CKC Trustees John Challinor and Kalyan Kumar. Former England player Sajid Mahmood also visited to inspire young people during the competition.
A token of appreciation was handed over, by Haydn Turner and CEO Shahidul Alam Ratan, on behalf of CKC to the Lord Mayor of Westminster. The plaque was given in honour of our first ever cricket programmes starting in Westminster schools 30 years ago.
At the end, John Challinor thanked all for the teams for their time and valuable support towards the competition and in the grand final.
Ganador Sports handed over free cricket kit bags to all 8 participant schools.
Best male player of the competition: Viret Attwal
Best female player of the competition: Akayla
Player of the final: Viret Attwal
Spirit of cricket award: Furzedown Primary School
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12 March 2019
Beirut last Monday morning was rainy and chilly as Mount Lebanon was snow-capped. Outside a hotel in the city centre which has been re-built since the civil war with much of the old French flair, a minibus waited, while the women walking past in black boots and jackets made Parisiennes seem shabby. We were waiting for security clearance to enter a different world, the Shatila refugee camp, as the second step of a most ambitious project.
Once clearance had come from the security council in Shatila – Lebanon’s police and army do not enter the camp – we drove through the drizzle along dual carriageways to the refugee camp, only three or four miles away, so not far from the middle of Beirut. The cricket world drives on the left; driving on the right was a mark of how we were going against the grain.
The moment we turned into Shatila, the Beirut of luxury clothing shops and Porsches and the new national football stadium – which echoes a majestic Roman amphitheatre – ceased. Wooden carts displaying oranges and vegetables from the Bekaa valley; males of all ages waiting, and waiting; nothing so wide as a street but crowded alleys, and relatively clean, given the taps seldom have water (and then too salty to drink). Above all, wires: walk down any alley in Shatila and at least 50 wires and electric cables hang over your head. Annually about 30 people are fatally electrocuted.
To read more visit the Telegraph by clicking here: www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2019/03/12/cricket-provides-unlikely-refuge-displaced-syrian-kids-lebanons/
Sat 9 Mar 2019
For the displaced Syrian children learning the rudiments of a new sport, it’s a time for hopes and dreams
One of cricket’s most charming attributes is its habit of being played in the strangest places: mountain tops, short-lived sandbanks, the bottom of lakes, the South Pole. But perhaps no venue has ever been as improbable as this.
Across south Asia, cricket is played in slums and shanty towns all day every day but this was the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. And the players were not weaned with a makeshift bat in their hand. These were Syrian refugees – aged between seven and 15 – who had never played cricket, watched cricket or heard the word cricket until six months ago, in some cases six days. Yet now, exiled in equally uncrickety Lebanon, they were spending a week immersed in cricket.
Shatila, set up as a temporary home for displaced Palestinians after the establishment of Israel 70 years ago, is hardly a camp any more. It is a teeming square-kilometre anthill of humanity with maybe 25,000 people – no one knows for sure. They live not in tents but in blocks of flats, built storey on storey as the population grew, like Lego but not as sturdy.
To read more, visit the Guardian website by clicking here: www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/mar/09/cricket-beirut-shatila-refugee-camp-children
Sat 5 Jan 2019
Cricket grows slowly outside the English-speaking world. The International Cricket Council expelled Cuba and its Spanish-speaking team for being under government control, while every Sri Lankan team has to be submitted for approval by its minister of sport. Yet Syrian refugees in the Shatila camp in Beirut are taking their first steps to assemble an Arabic-speaking team.
Almost two million people have fled from the Syrian civil war to Lebanon, although there are no official statistics, and about a third of them children. In 1949, Shatila was opened for 3,000 Palestinian refugees, and now that Syrians have been shoehorned in alongside, the camp is estimated to house more than ten times that number of people. They have shelter, blankets, food and medical care provided by the United Nations, but nothing much to do: the Lebanese government allows the camp’s inhabitants to do only the most manual labour.
Hence, when cricket was offered in Shatila last October, 40 Syrian refugee boys and girls turned up for the first session, and 140 by the end of the week. The organisers are the local charity, Basmeh & Zeitooneh, which funds other projects in the camp, and the management consultants McKinsey & Company, who are providing pro bono support for some of Basmeh & Zeitooneh’s activities, in particular education programmes for children. The Shatila camp became a worldwide name in 1982 when the Lebanese Christian Phalangists were allowed by the Israeli Defence Force to massacre a never-verified number of Palestinians.
To read more, visit the Sunday Telegraph website by clicking here: www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2019/01/05/cricket-building-bridges-syrian-refugees/