Young cricketer Jonathan is off to Botswana

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A CRICKETER from a club in Alfreton has been selected to take part in the forthcoming Cricket Without Boundaries project in Botswana.

Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Todd, who plays for Morton Colliery Cricket Club, is one of eight cricket coaches from across the UK selected to join the two-week expedition in which volunteers will use the promotion of cricket as a tool to raise HIV/AIDS awareness across the African country.

He said: “After my two trips to Rwanda last year, I can’t wait to travel to another African country to spread the message of Cricket Without Boundaries,” he said.

“Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a great charity and I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to go out to Botswana with their team. This promises to be the trip of a lifetime but there’s a serious side as well.

“CWB use cricket to teach local youngsters the importance of protecting themselves against HIV and AIDS. We use cricket metaphors to address the AIDS awareness message.”