An 18-year-old cricketer has set up a youth academy for socially disadvantaged youths in south London.
The academy aims to help children who are at risk of getting caught up in gangs, drugs and violence.
This start-up campaign is focusing on cricket as it’s primary sport.
It will be open to all children and offer classes and tuition from accredited professional coaches.
Popular faces in the game such as Sajid Mahmood, Corey Collymore of the West Indies as well as local Kent players such as Alex Blake and Daniel Bell Drummond are already on board with the new project.
The new academy will charge £2 per session. The fee will go towards the expansion of the foundation to create more chances for more children.
“We want people off the streets, not just locally but across the UK, providing an avenue out of the many risks posed to them. The £2 teaches children a lot of general lessons in life, as in the outside world nothing is free, and the children in this day and age do not appreciate much, not just the children, but its human nature, if you receive something for free you will not appreciate it as much as something you would be putting to money towards, alongside this the money they are putting money into something beneficial rather than into drugs and weaponry.”
Junaid Nadir, 18, bowls for Essex County and is behind the new academy. He won the Sony TV Young Asian Sports Personality of the Year and was nominee at 13yrs old for British Asian Sports Award.
Unlike the children that are being targeted by this new foundation, Junaid went to a private school where he believes he was given more of an opportunity.
Now he wants to change the notions of privilege associated with the sport and use it to inspire the next generation.
Junaid said: “I was thinking to myself what role models are there currently in the UK who are doing something like this, none the answer. Along with this there are not many people who are currently young and many good things. Many of the current role models children to aspire to be, not really ideal , so I want to be able to change that and create and show the children dreams can come true.”