Life Behind Bars Part 2

Hello my lovelies,

Here I am again, blogging.

It’s been a hectic few months for me as I’ve taken 4 major law exams over the course of 2 weekends- yes I said weekends. Anyway, I’m still here and bringing you more about my journey with Cricket for Change and the youth prison.

My last blog post informed you about how nervous and scared I was about visiting the prison. However, I ended the post by telling you of my intention to re-visit the prison and play cricket with the young inmates… Read on to find out what happened.

At 9AM I met with Mike, Tony and two female players from the England Cricket Team. We were greeted by the prison guards and taken over to the sports hall where the young inmates were eagerly awaiting our arrival.

When we walked into the sports hall it suddenly dawned on me that I had NO IDEA how to play cricket. Furthermore, I was playing with professional cricket players who would make me look even worse. Despite these major issues I still took part.

My team mates (Tony, the cricket ladies and some prison guards) batted fantastically and it was MY turn to bat. I had so many thoughts running through my mind at that point, “don’t trip up- they will laugh at you“, “you played rounders at school so you’ll be fine” and “I can hit the ball easily, it doesn’t look that difficult “.

I picked up the bat, stood in position and the ball was thrown to me by one of the prisoners. As it moved swiftly through the air I was certain I could hit it. Then the unthinkable happened. I completely missed, got knocked out and everyone laughed at me. Despite wanting the ground to swallow me whole,  it was OK as I didn’t take myself too seriously. I think the prisoners liked that I could take a joke.

One hour later the game ended and despite my performance we still won!

I would like to say a huge thank you to the Cricket for Change team and the prison for the opportunity to see what many people will never get to experience.

Upon visiting the prison I learned a valuable lesson. Don’t take yourself too seriously and enjoy the silly moments in life.

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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