Kevin Pietersen had launched the KP24 Foundation’s inaugural Sprite 24/7 Project on 23rd November, Monday. Seven teams of underprivileged teenagers from all over the world are taking part in this project. The project is cricketing camp and tournament with these young guns at Dubai which is starting from 25th November and will end 4th December in this year.
The seven teams are from UAE, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya and Australia’s disregarded young stars whose age between 16-18 years. They get a training session with a selection of professional players and coaches, including Kevin Pietersen, before representing their countries in a global T-20 tournament at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Alongside cricketing activities, the players will enjoy enterprise sessions designed to teach career skills, take part in educational and team challenges, and participate in exclusive excursions to local TV studios and attend England’s T20 match with Pakistan at the Dubai Stadium.
All the boys also take participate in a cricket coaching course so they are able to deliver 10-week coaching programmes to younger kids back home – “The KP24 Leaders Course” – and the best player from each team will receive a full scholarship to support their cricketing development moving forward.
Kevin Peterson, the famous English right-hander batsman described this project. He said, “I’m so excited to announce and launch this hugely ambitious project for a cause very dear to my heart.
Wherever I’ve travelled, whether it be with England or playing franchise cricket, kids have always come to our training and joined in whenever they could. It’s forever been a regret of mine that our limited time in these areas meant I couldn’t repay them with the amount of time and attention they deserve.
The event will see boys leave their countries, most of whom for the first time, and hopefully pick up the skills and confidence needeThroughout my career I’ve been so fortunate to travel all around the world and meet so many amazing people, so it was always my ultimate ambition to put something on which gave something back to these places.d to improve their everyday life.
Most importantly, everyone at the KP24 Foundation is determined for this not to be a short-term venture, so all the boys will learn a 10-week cricket coaching course which they can pass on to younger kids back home, who will hopefully turn into the next generation of cricketers.
By also giving scholarships to stand-out members of each team, we’ll also support them as they continue their cricketing journey and hopefully make it to the international stage in their respective country’s colours.
I’m incredibly proud and humbled to be able to put on this Sprite 24/7 Project and I can’t wait to meet all the boys out in Dubai.”
KP24 Foundation Ambassador, Gary Lineker, said: “This is a fantastic project which will hopefully change the lives of all those taking part and many more indirectly in the future.”