12 January 2024

A love for cricket helped Alyas settle into his new life in Britain

Alyas started his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) journey when he came from the UK from Afghanistan as a refugee.

His love of sport and interest in experiencing the outdoors throughout his Award have helped him improve his English and his cricket skills.

A Bronze Participant with The Positive Youth Foundation in Coventry, Alyas joined Coventry and Warwickshire Cricket Club and has made new friends at the club.

As his English improved, he also helped his niece with the language, and he now hopes to combine these skills to eventually become a cricket coach.

Alya, 15, said:

“I feel more responsible and also volunteer at youth club on Fridays and I coach my friends with cricket on the weekend.”

“I really wanted my Bronze Award as I am new from Afghanistan and my family would be proud.”

“I have improved on my Cricket and was happy with the cricket equipment and camping gear given to me. I enjoyed the camping trip using maps and also my practice expedition in Swansea was amazing.”

“My youth worker helped and inspired me to complete my Bronze DofE and always told me it was important to complete. The DofE helped me with my communication and confidence. Also getting my cricket bat, ball and trainers [through funding] has helped me practice my cricket.”

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