“Guernsey Cricketer Nic Buckle is off to India”
Guernsey, Griffins and Elizabeth College Cricketer Nic Buckle is off to India.
As part of his Gap Year after A levels, Nic will be joining a volunteer project in Udaipur, Northern India, as a cricket coach in September. The project, which is portentously called the “Green Lion Project” is organised by the volunteer organisation, Sporting Opportunities, based in the UK.
During his placement, Nic will be working with two schools, one of which is for children with speech and hearing impediments, and also within disadvantaged communities in Udaipur, the “City of Lakes” in the Northern Indian State of Rajasthan.
While cricket is like religion in India, for many children there is a real lack of opportunities to play and train in a structured environment. Nic’s role will be to work with these children to organise cricket coaching sessions, after school cricket clubs and matches. He will teach batting, bowling and fielding techniques as well as team tactics and developing teamwork and matchplay strategy. Nic will also have the opportunity to undertake additional cricket outreach work and to train and play with a local team.
“I am really looking forward to going out to India, the home of cricket, to work with the Green Lion Project. I know that there will be challenges along the way but this is a chance for me to give back to those less fortunate than myself through the sport I love. I am very grateful to the Guernsey Cricket Board and my club, Canaccord Genuity Griffins CC, for the support and coaching experience they have given me. I would also like to thank Jon Ravenscroft, Jason Shambrook and the team at Ravenscroft who have kindly agreed to provide me with cricket kit for my placement as well as with additional kit for the Green Lion Project”.