Uniting Cricketers during Lockdown

Tim Doughty, a fellow from the 2019 cohort of The Startup Leadership Program (SLP), is the founder of Buckinghamshire cricket coaching company Cricket Vision. In any normal year, the business would have run between two and four Easter cricket camps for children aged 7-14 over the last three weeks. However, as we all know this year is unlike any year before due to the COVID-19 crisis that is affecting many companies large and small. Tim was forced by this crisis to cancel the Easter Camps but this did not mean that he had to give up on all cricket activities.

SLP’s culture is all about ensuring that businesses given back to their community, which is something Cricket Vision has done in the past with their Cricket Coaching Pathway and bat recycling schemes. This did not change when Tim quickly adapted to our so called ‘new normal’ and launched a FREE ‘At Home Cricket’ campaign which involves daily weekday challenges with the aim to unite cricketers across the country. He believes this is a time when people should come together and share how they are occupying themselves during these uncertain times.

Tim has said that the SLP experience has enlightened him on how his business can give back to the community and he is always keen to collaborate with other business’ in the cricket or sports coaching space to help the grassroots. The support he got from SLP and their fellows has been invaluable and continues to be as he is able to contact the entire alumni if need be. The network you become a part of through SLP is all about helping each other and is evidence of the old African proverb “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. We are all in this lockdown together and it is a relief to know that the SLP community is thriving during this time.

If you would like to keep in the loop with Tim’s campaign then follow them on Instagram (@cricketvision1) or keep checking in on www.athomecricket.co.uk/videos. There are even 2 tickets to Lord’s up for grabs for those who get involved and send their attempts in via WhatsApp to 07388352243.

Applications to the SLP programme will open in June. if you run a business or are a budding entrepreneur why not grab this opportunity while you can and apply.

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The Startup Leadership Program (“SLP”) is the world's largest not-for-profit educational program and professional network for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006 in Boston, the program has educated 4,000 fellows in 13 countries, counting over 700 women in the network with over 1,700 startups, raising $700M from the world’s leading investors and accelerators. SLP has supported and encouraged and celebrated 200 entrepreneurs in the UK. Including Aneesh Varma, CEO and founder of Aire, Raj Dey MBE, founder of Learnably, Melissa Morris, Founder and CEO of Network Locum, Dr Jamie WIlson Founder HomeTouch. SLP takes no equity but has a clear mission - the very best entrepreneurs are among the world’s great problem solvers and forces for positive change. In return for helping, we ask that at the end of the program fellows commit to using their talent, wealth or resources to help those not as fortunate and able to help themselves. SLP fellows can be a positive change.