Aadam Ali – Scholarship Update
After lots of hard work over the winter, we’re starting to see some real results from our young scholarship recipient Aadam Ali. He’s played his first game of senior cricket and is now progressing through the Lancashire trial process.
It’s been a long road since starting out with the idea of The Cricket Asylum Foundation, and one of the main aims from the start was to provide opportunities for those who may not have the financial backing to excel in the sport. Cricket can be restrictive at representative level due to the financial commitment required to attend sessions and buy the required kit. TCAF is now able to offer a small number of scholarships to aspiring young cricketers who are disadvantaged due to lack of financial backing.
12 year old Aadam was recommended to TCAF by his former school teacher, who asked if there was anything that can be done for a very keen young man, who has shown plenty of potential playing for his club Goldwick CC and also Oldham at district level, but just doesn’t have the backing for costly equipment and to attend costly coaching sessions.
Aadam has benefitted over the winter from 1:1 coaching with TCAF trustee and Cricket Asylum Head Coach Matt Dawson and group coaching on the Ultimate Academy with the likes of Chris Schofield (former England & Lancashire leg spinner) and John Abrahams (former England u19s coach). An amazing opportunity for Aadam, who usually would have to wait until summer to get outside and practice has been very grateful for the opportunity. “I love going to The Cricket Asylum, the coaches have really looked after me and helped me get fitter and better at batting and bowling. Me and my Mum want to thank The Cricket Asylum Foundation for all the help.”
Matthew Dawson, the TCAF Trustee and Cricket Asylum Head Coach has been blown away by Aadam’s hard work and dedication. “Aadam lights up the room when he comes in, he is an absolute pleasure to coach and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of a scholarship. He works hard too and has the potential to excel at Cricket, particularly with his leg spin bowling”
A special thank you must go to Aadam’s former school teacher, Jenny Jackson, who helped support Aadam through the application process and with lifts to sessions with her son Will.