ANIB joined hands with former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen, and his charity, The KP24 Foundation, to bring to Dubai 10 youngsters from challenging backgrounds, for a week long cricket and educational camp. The boys were resident at the ICCA, Dubai Sports City, and were trained by professional cricket coaches representing the KP24 Foundation.
The participants represented India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They were selected by the KP24 Foundation through local cricket charities. Many of the candidates didn’t even have a passport before this project was initiated. And were from very challenging backgrounds. Their hearts were filled with hopes and dreams. They possessed immense cricketing talent and enthusiasm, but not the means!
From fitness sessions and cricketing skills, to leadership, life skills, nutrition and media training, the youngsters learnt varied aspects that are important for today’s sporting success. As a reliable and refreshing insurance provider in Dubai, we at ANIB were humbled to have had the opportunity to touch a few young and deserving lives.
As part of the tour, the boys played two T20 games, against local teams, one at the Skyline University College, in Sharjah, and the other at the ICCA, Dubai Sports City. The first game was a true nail biter with the ANIB/KP24 Foundation team winning by 1 run. The second game was a much more easier victory with the ANIB/KP24 Foundation team bowling the opposition out cheaply, after setting a fighting score to chase.
It wasn’t all learning and lectures for the boys. They had a brilliant day out at the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Their visit to the ANIB Head Office in Dubai, to meet our staff and to learn about how we add value to an insurance experience, was a sparkling highlight too. Our staff were excited to be part of this CSR initiative and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the young participants.
The ANIB/KP24 Foundation Scholarship Tour, was a deeply touching and satisfying experience to all parties involved. The act of helping passionate youngsters to have the opportunity to learn from the best, was greater and beyond any individual or organisation. It was a collective effort to put priceless smiles on a few deserving faces and to provide them the encouragement and motivation needed for cricketing success.
And wouldn’t we be all proud if they return back to their countries and start contributing to cricket’s continued growth and go ahead and represent their countries as an international? You bet we would!