Uganda crowned SCCWC 2023 Champions!
In a closely fought competition, with some impressive cricket on display, Uganda were crowned the champions but every team got to win…
What a delivery from India
19 teams from countries across the four continents joined us in Chennai, India, for the second edition of the Street Child Cricket World Cup. The level of cricket was strong and the competition fierce but the spirit of the game remained throughout with friendship, camaraderie and respect emerging the true winners.
Voices of the Chennai Congress
The SCCWC 2023 concluded with a powerful General Assembly, where all the teams came together to advocate for their rights and drive change. Calling for a united commitment, they presented their messages through the Voices of the Chennai Congress.
Making the ‘invisibles’ visible
From drumming to dance; painting to singing; art played a central role throughout the SCCWC 2023. Art has a unique ability to help participants express themselves, forge friendships and aid communication. It went without saying, the arts programme was a true explosion of energy, laughter and good times for all to enjoy!
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.