‘Cricket’ and ‘Rwanda’ are not often words you hear spoken in the same sentence. You may not know it, but this is about to change.
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 will replace the current one which is based on the site of one of the genocide’s most notorious massacres.
The new Stadium is almost complete
The project will culminate with the official opening of the stadium on Saturday 28th October 2017. The day will be marked by a celebrity T20 match between a Michael Vaughan-led XI and a Brian Lara-led XI. Throughout the week, the ‘Cricket Builds Hope’ Tournament will be taking place which Sporta Tours is closely involved in. We have been appointed to organise the flights, accommodation and on-ground logistics for teams such as Coutts Bank, Eton Ramblers and Yorkshire Tea, and are honoured to be part of such a momentous event.
For further information on the project, please get in touch or visit http://www.rcsf.org.uk. Sporta’s Coordinator for the Cricket Builds Hope Tournament, Sam Wicks, will also be providing a post-tournament report on our Latest News page and across our social channels.