Peter Wellings donates cricket kit to Sierra Leone
The Director of Coaching Cricket Excellence in the UK, Mr. Peter Wellings, has donated cricket kit worth millions of Leones to the Kent Cricket Club (KCC), Sierra Leone. The kits includes 70 cricket bats, over 200 cricket and tennis balls, pads, gloves, shoes, helmets and plastic cricket stumps plus a new Katchet Ramp all designed to help cricket grow in Sierra Leone. (Photo: Peter Wellings with the supplies of kit prior to sending to Sierra Leone)
Peter Wellings said having seen the effort put in by Emmanuel Pessima and the Kent Cricket Club to develop cricket in Sierra Leone, he thought he could help with equipment. He stated his experience in Africa taught him that the availability of equipment is the biggest barrier to the growth of cricket in those countries and comparing that to the surplus of kit that in the UK and the west it is only right that some of it is sent to where it’s needed most.
He said Coaching Cricket Excellence is not a big company so they are unable to send tons and tons of equipment much as they would like to. “What we can do is meet a specific need for cricket kit and other sporting kit whenever possible. It’s a simple model of collecting bats, pads, balls etc., that people may no longer use (some of the kit is given to us new) then finding a way to get it out to Sierra Leone” he said.
“I’ve been collecting and distributing cricket kit to people and organisations around the world for 6 years now since I first visited Uganda. The kit is usually donated by children, parents, coaches and people associated with Coaching Cricket Excellence in response to requests I make for contributions”, Director Peter said. “The people who donate their equipment deserve an enormous amount of credit. We British are pretty generous when it comes to that. To see a bat that was in a storeroom in London being used by a young child in Sierra Leone is a wonderful sight. Long may it continue.” Peter commented.
Managing Director of Limeline, a premier Internet service provider in Sierra Leone, Foday Sankoh unveiled the KCC cricket equipment at Limeline (Sierra Leone) Ltd office 10 Howe Street in Freetown. After unveiling the equipment, Foday Sankoh said they came on board to help KCC in the shipping and clearance, he said they are not doing this to make profit but to developed cricket in Sierra Leone. He also stated that KCC has done a lot to develop cricket in this country.
Sankoh said, “The just concluded U-12 cricket tourney that Limeline sponsored was featured in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Newsflash which is a monthly magazine for Africa Cricket Association, reporting significant cricket events in Africa”. He reiterated that Limeline is solidly behind KCC and Emmanuel Pessima with their ambitious plans and endeavors to promote the game at both national and International levels.
The CEO & Founder of Kent Cricket Club, Emmanuel Pessima, said this donation will contribute immensely to school and youth cricket and support the development of cricket in Sierra Leone. “I want to thank Peter Wellings for his generosity and also Limeline Director Stuart Bentham who ensured his company took care of the shipping and clearing costs”.
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