UK Armed Forces Ladies cricket team visiting Kenya.

posted on Sep 25, 2017

Organised by Opening Boundaries, the UK Armed Forces Ladies cricket team have arrived in Kenya to participate in a tour to support Women in Sport and assist in delivering their “Bowling Out Domestic Violence” campaign.

Over the course of the tour, the team will be playing against the Kenyan national women’s side – who came third in their recent ICC Women’s T20 qualifying tournament. The team will also be visiting local schools and clubs to showcase the attraction of cricket in empowering people to promote gender equality.

The tour comes at an opportune time as women’s cricket has seen a huge rise in popularity and focus following the successful ICC Women’s World Cup in England.

Jackie JanMohammed welcomed the team to Kenya saying “we are delighted to host this campaign and welcome the team to Kenya.  Providing opportunities for females is a key focus of Cricket Kenya as it provides them with the chance to equal the playing field with their male counterparts and at the same time use the sport as a social tool to champion for change”.

Captain of the UKAF Ladies team Hazelle Garton went on to say “The campaign maps perfectly with the core values of the Armed Forces and with the recent opening of combat roles to women shows the importance the military places on gender equality. The ladies are looking forward to getting onto the pitch to showcase our skills in addition to experiencing the vibrant culture of Kenya.”

One in 3 women are still experiencing either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence on a global scale. Using the values of sport, the campaign is aiming to raise awareness of this and empowering women to believe in their potential to achieve and equal the playing field when it comes to the challenges of gender parity.

Opening Boundaries commented saying “we are honoured to have both the UK Armed Forces and Cricket Kenya endorsing the Bowling Out Domestic Violence message for this tour, and hope the tour provides an opportunity to raise awareness of a cause which is still affecting many women on a global scale”.

All parties involved would like to thank their sponsors who have supported the campaign message