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MARTIN HATFULL (2008 – 2011)

I was de­lighted when BritCham es­tab­lished this pro­gramme dur­ing my time as Am­bas­sador in In­done­sia. I par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber a great tele­vised fundrais­ing event and be­ing there when some of the MCC tour­ing cricket team turned out to give about 100 chil­dren their first taste of cricket. The kids thrived on the space, the op­por­tu­nity to run and run and the ca­ma­raderie with new friends. Be­ing an Am­bas­sador is all about strength­en­ing re­la­tion­ships at all lev­els so it was won­der­ful see­ing the mix of Bri­tish and In­done­sian flags as they re­ceived their cer­tifi­cates and got some au­to­graphs. Fan­tas­tic mo­ments for them, and for all of us watch­ing. It just needed an or­gan­i­sa­tion to make it hap­pen for them - and I am proud that or­gan­i­sa­tion was and re­mains BritCham. I had no idea that the num­bers would grow to around 4500 over the ten years: that’s a re­mark­able achieve­ment, which is tes­ta­ment to the com­mit­ment and hard work of all those in­volved over the years. I of­fer my heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to them and all the BritCham com­mu­nity - and here’s to the next 10 years.

MARK CAN­NING (2011 – 2014)

Love of sport, and pride in giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, are two dis­tinc­tive Bri­tish traits. So I was al­ways de­lighted that the Bri­tish Cham­ber had found, and sus­tained, such a fan­tas­tic and worth­while way to ex­port and pro­mote these qual­i­ties. Ten years on, and hav­ing helped and sup­ported some 4500 In­done­sian kids, I warmly con­grat­u­late all those who have made this great and heart­warm­ing achieve­ment hap­pen.


The UK is hugely proud of its sport­ing her­itage, the ex­cel­lence and achieve­ments of our sports men and women, and our strength in host­ing global sports events such as the Lon­don Olympics. It has been re­ally pleas­ing to see BritCham building on this her­itage to of­fer a taste of some of our tra­di­tional sports to large num­bers of In­done­sian chil­dren. Sport is a great medium for all kinds of learn­ing. Giv­ing Kids A Sport­ing Chance is an­other won­der­ful ex­am­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bri­tish com­mu­ni­ties in In­done­sia and our host coun­try. I look for­ward to see­ing some of the young In­done­sians who have par­tic­i­pated in these pro­grammes de­vel­op­ing their skills and tal­ents fur­ther over the com­ing years, whether for re­cre­ation or on the com­pet­i­tive stage. Well done, Don’t miss our ex­cit­ing in­sert for Britcham’s Ten Years of Giv­ing 4500+ Kids a Sport­ing Chance BritCham!

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