Mike Procter Foundation

UK Reg Charity Number 1179346
SA Foundation Company Registration No: 2014/092538/00

A project to enhance the lives of South Africa’s most vulnerable citizens using cricket and other sporting activities as a vehicle to improve self esteem, escape the harsh realities of everyday life and provide an environment for children to be children.

Mike started coaching at the Ottawa primary school at Shastri Park in the Phoenix area of Durban in 2011. Originally providing cricket coaching to students showing interest, activities grew quickly to encompass the whole school of 1,200 children. A significant proportion of the children are HIV positive and orphaned. Many face a daily struggle against hunger and crime.
After 18 months the sponsor who had been funding the project dropped out. For the next two years Mike financed the whole operation himself, selling memorabilia and other personal assets. He then set up the Foundation.
After three years of providing cricket and other sporting activities in Ottawa school, Mike set up the Michael Procter Foundation in South Africa in 2014 to place the project on a more formal basis to enhance the lives of the children at the school. By introducing sport into the children’s lives he has used cricket and other sporting activities as a vehicle to improve self-esteem and an escape from the realities of their daily lives.
In 2018, Mike set up the Mike Procter Foundation in the UK as a registered charity with the UK Charity Commission
In 2023 Mike realised an abition of expanding to a second school when coaching began at the Solomon Mahlangu primary school at Cornubia. This has around 750 pupils and is located about three miles to the south east of Ottawa school.
In 2024 the Ottawa school operations transferred to a community location increasing access to a wider age group
The Mike Procter Foundation is one charity with two Foundations, one in the UK operating under UK law and the other in South Africa, operating under South African law.

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Michael Procter
South African Cricket Legend and Founder of the Mike Procter Foundation

Mike Procter is a South African cricket legend. A fast bowler and hard-hitting batsman, he proved himself a colossal competitor in English first-class cricket. Such was his impact at Gloucestershire, the county was renamed in the popular press as Proctershire!!

He was denied the international stage by South Africa’s banishment from world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1970 and South African cricketer of the year in 1967.

Since his retirement as a player he has been South Africa’s team coach (1991-94), national team selector, International Cricket Council match referee (2001-08) and a regular TV and radio commentator and pundit between 1994/2001 and 2016/18). Since retiring, he has also been Director of Cricket between 1988 and 1991 at Orange Free State (at the time that Hanse Cronje and Alan Donald were starting their careers); Northamptonshire (who won the One Day Cup during his tenure); and Natal.

In 2014, he initiated the Mike Procter Foundation to run a project to enhance the lives of the children who attend Ottawa Primary School, in a settlement close to Durban. By introducing sport into their lives he has used cricket as a vehicle to improve self-esteem and an escape from the realities of their daily lives. With many of the children being HIV positive and in some cases orphans they face a daily struggle against hunger and crime; it is, without doubt, one of the toughest challenges Mike has faced.

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Mike Procter

South African Cricket Legend and Founder of the Mike Procter Foundation.

Mike Procter is a South African cricket legend. A fast bowler and hard-hitting batsman, he proved himself a colossal competitor in English first-class cricket. Such was his impact at Gloucestershire, the county was renamed in the popular press as Proctershire!!

He was denied the international stage by South Africa’s banishment from world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1970 and South African cricketer of the year in 1967.