Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 15:54
On Saturday 23rd June from 12pm – 2pm as part of the Breaking Boundaries project, Sport Birmingham welcomed up to 25 people to their Tea20 at Edgbaston Community Centre. With the sun shining, we were able to get members of the local community together to find out more about the Breaking Boundaries project. Once everyone, received their free cricket bat and ball, we headed outside for some activities and games!
This year Breaking Boundaries, funded Spirit of 2012, the Olympic legacy charity, partnered with the Jo Cox Foundation to celebrate the Great Get Together from 21st – 23rd June.
Breaking Boundaries is a £1.8 million, three-year project (2018 – 2021) bringing together young people, their families and communities through regular engagement in cricket: playing, spectating and volunteering. The project will makes the most of cricket's potential to bring different ethnic and faith communities closer together into one cricket community and foster mutual respect and friendships.
The Breaking Boundaries hosted 5 Tea20 events that brought together communities to celebrate cricket and The Great Get Together.
Spirit of 2012 shares Jo Cox's belief that we have more in common than we think with our neighbours, our colleagues and our communities, as its Chief Executive Debbie Lye explains:
"We designed the Breaking Boundaries programme with one aim in mind: to bring people together. Like Jo Cox, we and our partners, the Youth Sport Trust and Sporting Equals, believe in the power of community events, and sharing what we have in common to build stronger bonds, and happier neighbourhoods. We're delighted that Breaking Boundaries is joining with the Jo Cox Foundation to host a Great Get Together, and have no doubt that the event will harness the power of sport to unite different faiths, ethnicities and ages in a moment of celebration and smiles."
Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, says: "We are especially excited about this collaboration with Spirit of 2012 because we share so many values – around tolerance, community, cohesion, and compassion.
"It's brilliant to have Spirit's support, especially as it helps us to tell the compelling story of the Great Get Together and its immense power to bridge divides, harness optimism and inspire action in communities all over the country. We'd like to thank Spirit of 2012 for their support and their belief in us, and we really look forward to working with them."
Notes to editors
Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund. Spirit awards grants for inclusive arts, sports and volunteering activities in communities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing. The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired people across the UK during the London 2012 Games. Its grantees range from national organisations to small, hyper-local ones. For more information visit www.spiritof2012.org.uk.