Sutton’s Reece returns from ‘incredible’ trip

Reece Brant from Sutton on Sea has spent an amazing two weeks coaching cricket with children in Uganda.

Reece Brant from Sutton on Sea has spent an amazing two weeks coaching cricket with children in Uganda.

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A man from Sutton on Sea 
has returned from a 
two-week trip of a lifetime coaching cricket in Uganda.

Reece Brant, 23, took part in a the African project with the UK charity Cricket Without Boundaries.

During the trip Reece delivered cricket coaching and vital HIV AIDS awareness messages to more than 1,000 school children.

He also helped train more than 75 teachers and coaches to help make sure the charity’s work continues now he is back in the UK.

Reece said: “The whole trip was fantastic, but my personal highlight was the first four days of the trip spent at Kampala.

“We had expected around 150 children to come and 
see us, but found that 
around 400 more children 
had been brought by their schools.

“Instead of letting them sit there, we decided to get all of the children involved running around the field, playing cricket and chanting about HIV/AIDS awareness.

“It was an incredible 
sight and one I will never forget.”

During the two-week project Reece and a team of eight other volunteers, visited three different areas, Kampala, Lugazi and Masisndi.

In each location they coached in schools, trained teachers and ran cricket festivals.

They also had the chance to enjoy the country’s spectacular wildlife during a safari on their day off.

Reece added: “As well as the trip being great fun, 
there were also a lot of very moving experiences that happened whilst I was out there and these are experiences that will always stay with me.

“I’m already thinking about planning my next trip and I’ve only been home a week.”

For more information on the Cricket Without Boundaries charity, visit: www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com.