While England crashed to defeat against India at Trent Bridge this week, tram customers may have been surprised to see a very different cricket tour get underway.
The Maasai Cricket Warriors travelled around Nottingham by tram as part of a tour of the city that included a walk to picturesque Holme Pit near Clifton Village from the Community Hub at Clifton South Park and Ride.
The event is part of a series of themed walks, organised by Communities Inc, enabling people to explore topical social issues while enjoying the landscape and wildlife on the edge of Clifton.
The city’s tram network has forging a strong partnership with the organisation, which promotes community cohesion and integration.
Based near David Lane, Communities Inc is a dynamic not-for-profit social enterprise aiming to break down barriers and empower individuals and organisations within black and minority ethnic groups. Many of its activities are co-ordinated from the Community Hub.
The visit by the Maasai Cricket Warriors has been organised by Mojatu Foundation and Communities Inc got on board as partners to host a day of activities.
The cricketers themselves are a group of young Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region of Kenya who have dropped their spears for bats. Through cricket they raise awareness about social injustices, HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation (FGM), early forced marriages, women’s issues, and wildlife conservation. They are role models in their community and ambassadors for both the Maasai and Kenya.