Cricket for Change (C4C), formerly the LCCA, is a registered charity organization which has been using cricket to assist the most deprived individuals and communities in London for the past 25 years.
The aim is to use cricket as a vehicle to engage and develop young people; and their three main target groups are young people with disabilities, those at risk from crime and those facing discrimination.
For the last three years Cricket for Change has organized programs in traditional cricket playing Countries such as Jamaica, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Barbados and Zimbabwe and also in non cricketing countries such as Rwanda, Cuba and a host of others.
In Jamaica, Sir Lanka and South Africa the organization has worked with the national cricket authorities and other non cricketing youth groups to develop modules which makes it easy for non cricket experts to teach others about the game.
This form of the game is called Street20 Cricket. This shortened version of cricket is six a side and takes 30 minutes to complete one game; and can be played on non cricket facilities such as five aside football pitches.
More over the Street 20 program provides the platform to deliver advice, support and training for the young participants around issues such as drug awareness, conflict resolution and staying safe and healthy.
Cricket for Change has recently launched its new disability cricket programme. ‘Hit The Top’is the first disability cricket programme in the world to replicate mainstream cricket provision for young people with disabilities.