‘Cricket’ and ‘Rwanda’ are not often words you hear spoken in the same sentence. You may not know it, but this has recently changed.
Since the end of the genocide in the 1990s, the popularity of cricket has been building in the country. Whilst living as refugees in former British colonies, Rwandans have been returning to their homeland with a keen interest in the sport – so much so that cricket has become the fastest growing sport in the country.
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Over the part few years, the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF), a UK-based charity, have been doing all they can to support the game in Rwanda. It’s a cause that has touched the hearts of cricket fans around the world and has attracted the support of UK Prime Ministers, celebrity cricketers and the Royal Family alike. Press coverage is also widespread, with the BBC, The Telegraph, The Times, and more, publishing news about the project.
The RCSF’s biggest project is the construction of the country’s first grass pitch. This has replaced the current one which is based on the site of one of the genocide’s most notorious massacres.
The project was completed with the official opening of the stadium on Saturday 28th October 2017. The day was marked by a celebrity T20 match between a Michael Vaughan-led XI and a Sam Billings-led XI. Throughout the week, Sporta Tours were closely involved in the ‘Cricket Builds Hope’ Tournament, running the logistical arrangements . Sporta organised the flights, accommodation and on-ground logistics for teams such as Coutts Bank, Eton Ramblers and Yorkshire Tea, and it was an honour to be part of such a momentous event.
Huge congratutions to both the winners and runners up in the main and plate competition #CricketBuildsHope pic.twitter.com/uNZGkbxqRu
— Cricket Builds Hope (@CricketBuilds) October 29, 2017
Uganda were victorious in the inaugural Cricket Builds Hope Tournament
@RwandaCricket amazing highlight Video produced by @image_rw #Cricketbuildshope 2017 tournament. #Rwot pic.twitter.com/MJmoBsUpB6
— Don G/P (@dondarchive) November 9, 2017
See some of the highlights of the tournament