Crystal met who? Be intrigued, be very intrigued.

Hello all!

So here I am again, blogging.

On this occasion, I have decided to write something a little different. Normally I inspire you with the things I have learned throughout my life, but today I want you to be inspired in a different way. Interested? Then READ ON.

The day – Tuesday 18th October 2011. The time – 11am. The location – Costa Coffee.

I’m seated across the table with none other than Adam Hall (Development Manager from Cricket for Change). We have a very long and interesting chat about his journey and the organisation he is a part of and I am so inspired that I have to share with you what we discussed. See below for snippets of our conversation.  Stay with me, I’m going somewhere with this.  READ ON!

Adam, what is Cricket for Change?

Cricket for Change is an organisation, which uses cricket as a tool to engage with young people. The organisation seeks to enable young people to have hopes, dreams and ambitions. This is done by working with young people all year round through mainstream and special needs school programmes, community clubs and housing estate cricket. Housing estate cricket? I hear you say, I’ll explain this concept using Adam’s story.

Adam’s story and the impact of Cricket for Change

Adam did not like school and decided at the age of 14 to drop out. As he had nothing to do, he began spending time with other young people who had left the schooling system. Adam and the other young people began indulging in “bad behaviour” on a regular basis, as there was not much else to do.

One day, he saw some people playing cricket (Cricket for Change) on his estate and was intrigued. Before he knew it, Adam was playing cricket with the team and decided to get more involved. I’m glad to say that Adam has never looked back. I’m really glad he didn’t because he is one of the few young men I have met who have completely blown me away– and I know a lot of ambitious young men.

Adam, along with other young people have been given the opportunity to travel the world to teach cricket and other essential life skills such as, self confidence, NLP and teamwork to name a few. Recently, Adam has had the opportunity to spend time with the likes of Desmond Tutu and Michelle Obama herselfYES, the first lady of the U.S.A. (he was so humble about it).

All of this has been made possible through Cricket for Change. Not to mention Adam is only one of the thousands of people Cricket for Change has impacted over the past 30 years.

I’m sure you all want to get involved with this amazing project, which ACTUALLY yields results. READ ON!

How can we help Cricket for Change?

At the end of my time with Adam I asked him how people could help support Cricket for Change and he said the following:

  • Funding and donations are always welcomed!
  • We would like expertise regarding anti-bullying, work with young females and self-defence.

If you can fulfil any of the above please quote this article and contact Cricket for Change via the website,


I hope you have been inspired. I certainly have.

Until next time.

Crystal Debrah


Author: Crystal Debrah

I empower young adults to transition successfully from school to the real world. WHY? It's needed! Just remember what it was like for you. HOW? Through inspirational self-help books , story telling and impactful workshops, seminars and conferences. WHO AM I: I'm the person who sees a need and creates a practical solution to solve it. I'm the first one in my family to have gone to university and found the "school to university" transition tough. I did terribly in my first year. Yet through asking questions, learning the ropes and pure determination I went from a 3rd class degree to a 2:1. This inspired my first award winning book, "What They Don't Tell You about University", (which got published when I was at Law School). The sequel, "What They Don't Tell You When You Graduate" followed and is packed with crucial advice for the new graduate! I've given advice to the masses through The Telegraph, BBC radio and London Live. My speaking engagements range from educational institutions to corporates to government departments. Book me: Join our community:

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