India, here we come!
Using cricket as a platform for positive change, the second edition of the Street Child Cricket World Cup will take place in Chennai, India in September 2023, hosted in partnership with Save the Children India.
India is waiting
24 teams from countries across the globe will join us in India for the second edition of the Street Child Cricket World Cup ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023. The street connected young people will take part in a mixed-gender cricket tournament, a festival of arts and a congress on street children’s rights
All out for street children’s rights
The SCCWC will shine a spotlight on children living in street situations, the adversities they face and the fundamental rights they lack. The main theme of the SCCWC in India is ‘Identity’ and ‘Access’ to fundamental services many of take for granted.
Making the ‘invisibles’ visible
Art is used to help young people be creative, make friends and express themselves. Through painting, theatre, music and dance the young people overcome language barriers, have fun, laugh together and reflect on what’s going on.
Hosting teams from India
Hope Kolkata Foundation, India
The Foundation was established for the protection and development of children on the streets and in difficult circumstances. Its aim is to support the development of underprivileged sections of society through partnership and capacity building. Children who are living on the streets or in slums require particular attention and care to improve their standard of living. Hope Foundation works to free them from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness.
International teams attending
LEEDO (Local Education and Economic Development Organization) was founded in 2000 to improve the lives of children forced to live in extreme difficulties and to address the needs of the growing number of vulnerable street children in Bangladesh.
SCCWC 2019, London
What happened in London, 2019?
The inaugural Street Child Cricket World Cup took place from 30 April – 7 May 2019, with the cricket played at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge and on the main ground at Lord’s.
Eight teams of street-connected young people from across the world took part in a mixed-gender cricket tournament, a festival of arts and a congress on street childrens rights.
Fans roared as the teams walked out
When Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson led their teams down the pavilion steps for the ICC World Cup Final, they followed in the footsteps of Paulraj (Team India South) and Jasmin (Team England), who had done the same for the SCCWC 2019 Final one month before.
Before the Final, the honour of ringing the Five Minute Bell went to Shopna (Team Bangladesh) and Tarek (Team India North), who featured in films made by the World Bank telling the stories of them and their teammates getting birth certificates and passports to come to the SCCWC 2019.
“We demand a level playing field for all young people and a platform for our voice. Will you listen?”
Abbas, Team England
Speaking in front of a global audience.
The General Assembly, where the young people presented messages on behalf of street-connected children from their countries, took place in the Thomas Lord Suite at Lord’s after the SCCWC 2019 Final.
Alongside the General Assembly, we held an exhibition of art made by the young people and professional artists throughout the SCCWC 2019.
The young people crafted their General Assembly messages through the SCCWC 2019 congress, delivered in partnership with StreetInvest, the Consortium for Street Children and Baker McKenzie.
“We are determined to win – not just for ourselves, nor just for the street children of India, but for street children all over the world.”
Amrit, Captain of Team India
The SCCWC 2019 Festival of Arts saw young people taking part in activities including drumming, dancing, painting and singing, as well as professional artists and members of the public making work inspired by the event.
Schools around Cambridge welcomed the SCCWC 2019 Teams and their students created and performed with the young people from across the world. Coleridge Community College held a concert raising money for SCCWC 2019, where their students performed alongside Team India South and Team Bangladesh.
At Parker’s Piece members of the public were invited to create SCCWC 2019 art, including banners of support and friendship bracelets. The crowd was entertained by music and dance performances over the two days.
“I feel that I can do anything now.”
Marta, Team Brazil
Thousands of people reached
The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 gave street-connected children a voice, raising awareness, challenging negative perceptions and calling for street children everywhere to be better protected, respected and supported. Find out what happened.
Young people empowered
Team England Captain Jasmin was invited to speak at Beyond Sport, an international conference bringing together leaders from sport, business, government and development, to discuss how sport can address social issues and trigger positive change.
Stronger partner organisations
Team Tanzania have been working with the Tanzanian Cricket Association to engage more street-connected young people in their community through cricket and leadership sessions.
Team West Indies were invited to a reception at the British High Commission in Jamaica, attended by West Indies cricket legend Chris Gayle, to celebrate their achievements at the SCCWC 2019.
A global platform
The SCCWC 2019 caught the imagination of people across the world, and was reported on by the global media, including BBC Africa, CNN, the Big Issue, Forbes India, Thomson Reuters and a Sky Cricket piece fronted by England ICC Women’s World Cup winner Isa Guha.
Media partnerships with Wisden, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and the Malala Fund took the young people’s messages to a diverse global audience.