A new measure of German Development Cooperation “Sports Activities for Potentials Development”, is implementing the activity “Cricket for Vulnerable Populations”. This activity is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmBH– GIZ in cooperation with the Serbian Cricket Federation (SCF) and aims to contribute to the integration of children from vulnerable groups through sport. Specifically, through a number of cricket sessions, Roma and other socially vulnerable children will be integrated into existing youth cricket sides and the regular activities of the SCF. The project is in line with the UN endorsed Sport for Development concept.
By conducted Training of Trainers, organized on November 5th at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Cricket Federation started project implementation. The goal of the Training was to prepare current and future cricket coaches to work with vulnerable populations, as well as to promote the application of the “Sport for Development” concept. The training consisted of four lectures and a practical part. The lectures were delivered by prominent academics and practical experts, covering topics such as the Basics of Cricket (Vladimir Ninković – general secretary of Serbian Cricket Federation and en ex-national cricket team captain), Team Work in Sports (Dimitris Dajč, coach of the Serbian national Rugby League squad), Communication and Conflict Management (Slobodan Spasić, MSc, MBA – human resources and communications consultant) and Gender Balance and Equality (DrIsidoraJarić – associate professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy). The practical part was delivered by Serbia’s only ECB-L2 qualified coach, Bogdan Dugić, and it covered the basics of sports coaching, safety principles and coaching cricket skills to new players.
The attendees were both cricket coaches and volunteers who will be involved in the cricket practice sessions organized throughout the project; acting as assistant coaches and thus obtaining necessary experience for independently teaching cricket in their charitable organizations.
The Project “Cricket for Vulnerable Populations” is a pilot project with a duration of one month. Apart from the Training of Trainers seminar, it entails six cricket practices held in three locations in Belgrade, as well as an indoor cricket tournament, at which the newly-recruited Roma and other socially disadvantaged children will be able to play side-by-side with their more experienced peers, including those who have already been capped for the Serbian national team.