The first Cricket World Cup for street-connected children is to take place ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, it has been announced.

The Street Child Cricket World Cup will unite street children from around the world to play in their own international cricket tournament, in a bid to raise awareness, tackle the widespread stigma and negative treatment they face, and actively campaign for a brighter future.

Eight national teams, comprising both girls and boys, will represent their countries on the pitch. Off the pitch, the youngsters will make their voices heard and make recommendations to help improve the lives of street children worldwide.

Harnessing the power of sport

The Street Child organisation truly harnesses the power of sport. Ahead of the world’s biggest sporting competitions, they give the children a global platform not just to show their sporting potential but to make their voices heard. In 2016, for example, the Street Child Games saw some of the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised children coming together to compete in the spotlight of the Olympic host city, prior to the Rio Olympic Games.

As well as giving underprivileged children a platform on which to compete and enjoy sport, the event – through the Street Child Congress – promotes children’s rights. It seeks to challenge perceptions about street kids and, more importantly, to give them a voice and to lobby for street childrens’ rights, speaking on behalf of street-connected children around the world and campaigning for a safer future for children everywhere.

Join the October Sleepout

On 29 October 2018, Lord’s Cricket Ground will be hosting a CEO Sleepout, where London-based business leaders will get together to raise funds to support homeless people by giving up their bed for one night in order to help those who don’t have one at all.

Street Child United has been chosen as a beneficiary, and you can take part. The event will kick off at 8pm, with a range of activities taking place including a coaching session in the MCC Cricket Academy, before bedding down for the night in the Mound Stand. Click here to find out more and get involved.

The kids taking part are the ultimate underdogs, not just in sport but in life. Often born into brutal wars, abuse or violence, they risk their lives by fleeing their ‘homes’ or working in dangerous and frankly dreadful conditions. We believe there is no more powerful or effective tool for social progress than sport, and Street Child is one of the very best examples of using sport to force change. Get involved if you can.

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