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Women’s cricket is big in Rwanda. Of the 15,000- 20,000 regular players in the country, 5,000 are women

The inspiration for the project came from my father who loved Rwanda and saw how cricket was being used to build communities Alby Shale

J

ust over 20 years ago, around one

working under the banner of the Rwanda

Vaughan, David Gower and Clare Connor –

million Rwandans were killed over

Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF) on an

Alby explains that over the past four years

a 100 -day period during one of

idea for the facility, which would include an

close to £1m has been raised, with £250,000

the worst instances of genocide

educational hub, as well as a much-needed

now needed to complete the scheme.

in histor y. The nation’s Tutsi ethnic

centre for free HIV testing.

He reveals that construction is well

group was almost totally wiped out,

After Shale’s untimely death in 2011 his

underway and due to be finished early next

with 70 per cent murdered by the Hutu

son Alby picked up the mantle, and now the

year. If all goes to plan, an opening ceremony

government between April and July 1994.

project is close to completion.

will be held next October (2017).

On top of the mass killing, around two

“The inspiration for the

million Rwandans were displaced, and the

project came from my

nation has been trying to recover ever since.

father who loved Rwanda

To heal the divisions, people from the world

a n d s a w h ow c r i c ket

of cricket have stepped in and the sport now

was being used to build

forms the basis of one of the most inspiring

communities,” says Alby.

sport development projects in the world.

“He went out to Rwanda

FATHER AND SON

David Cameron to set up a

Former British Army of f icer and

project with international

businessman Christopher Shale, who

development, and Rwanda

worked on social action projects in the

was chosen as it was an

African nation for several years, saw first

area screaming out for

hand the power of cricket in reconciling

some assistance.”

because he was asked by

the different ethnic groups, and decided

Ahead of a December

a purpose-built facility would develop the

fundraising event – in which

sport and create a positive atmosphere.

Cameron will be present

Backed by his friend, the former prime

alongside England legends

minister, David Cameron, Shale began

and RCSF patrons Michael

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