Breaking Boundaries

The Breaking Boundaries programme

Breaking Boundaries is a three-year programme (2018 –2021) funded by Spirit of 2012 that aims to bring young people, their families and communities together through regular engagement in cricket, playing, spectating and volunteering.  The project will use the spark of the 2019 World Cup to make the most of cricket's potential to bring different ethnic and faith communities closer together into one cricket community and foster mutual respect and friendships.

The project is being delivered in 5 cities: Bradford, Birmingham, Barking & Dagenham, Manchester and Slough. Breaking Boundaries places communities and young people are at the heart of the programme every year we train, develop and empower over 100 young people a year (14-25) and their community organisations as 'Community Champions' through inspirational motivational speakers, creative workshops, activation funding and exciting volunteering opportunities.

It is funded by Spirit of 2012 with partner, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The project is led by Sporting Equals and Youth Sport Trust in partnership with a consortium of organisations including: Street Games, Citizens UK, Cricket Trusts and Foundations, Local Authorities and Community Organisations. The project is also supported by Professor Ted Cantle (expert Community Cohesion Advisor) from the ICOCO foundation who sits on the Spirit Management group providing advice and direction.

Project Aims

  • Social cohesion improves.
  • Personal wellbeing increases.
  • Limiting perceptions are challenged and changed.
  • Volunteers have enhanced life and employability skills.
  • More people volunteering and engaging in their community.
  • Cricket provision is accessible, credible and inclusive.
  • National and local events are used as a catalyst for lasting change.

Our Cities:

Sporting Equals Activator – Usman Khan
Mobile: 07443039458 | Email:
Sport Birmingham Coordinator – Jevaughni Robinson
Mobile: 0741032492 | Email:  

Link to website for further information:

Sporting Equals Activator – Jatinder Rakhra (Jit)
Mobile: 07960879276 | Email:
Slough Borough Council Coordinator – Daragh Doyle
Mobile: 07794126437 | Office: 01753 875177 | Email:
Link to website for further information:

Barking & Dagenham
Sporting Equals Activator – Sam Sawhney
Mobile: 07891797364 | Email:
Barking & Dagenham Coordinator – Sam Bickmore
Mobile: 07866 036360 | Office:  020 8227 3981 | Email:

Sporting Equals Communities Manager – Umar Ahmed
Mobile: 07920759770 | Email:
Manchester City Coordinator – Thomas Baird
Mobile: 07814228504 | E-mail:
Link to Website for further information:

Sporting Equals Communities Manager – Umar Ahmed
Mobile: 07920759770  | Email:
Bradford City Coordinator, Laura Purcell
Mobile: 07970952869 | Office: 01274 522750 |

For further information about the project please contact Amy Heppingstall, National Programme Manager or Umar Ahmed, Regional Lead North on 0121 7771375.