CKC was set up in 1989 by Haydn Turner and Bill Greaves, two accomplished businessmen and friends and passionate life-long cricket supporters. Both wanted to address the lack of cricket on offer in London and regenerate cricket in schools.
By 1991, CKC had gained momentum and joined forces with other initiatives focused on establishing cricket in schools including the London Schools’ Cricket Association (LCCA) and the London Schools Cricket Project (LSCP) and in partnership they were operating across 19 London boroughs.
This mission has remained the same since 1989, although the charity has evolved and alongside its work in schools across London, it handles initiatives in hospitals and is now actively involved with refugees here in the UK and in Lebanon. CKC has remained true to its goal and has sought to use cricket to unify people regardless of their differences – both socially and culturally – and bring communities together.
Since 2015, the charity has been steered by Shahidul Alam Ratan who is the CEO and Head of Development for CKC, promoted from the Development Manager. The charity has an active and accomplished board of trustees under the steerage of Haydn Turner, who had the vision all those years ago and John Challinor who has been involved since 1991 as part of the partnership with the LSCP and LCCA.
Cricket is a unique team sport that relies on individual performances within a team environment. Through playing the game, children and young people learn, among other skills, how to take responsibility as an individual, work as part of a team and accomplish their goals through doing both.