About Us

“We want to increase levels of positive attitude towards physical activity. Sports is a fulfillment…”

Mike Procter Foundation UK

Reg Charity Number 1179346

In 2014, Mike 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.

Mike Procter with some of the kids from Ottawa Primary School

OUR AIMS

Initiated in 2014, our aims as a charity foundation include:

(1) The advancement of education including physical education and relief of poverty of pupils attending the Ottawa primary school, Verulam, Durban, South Africa, in particular but not exclusively, by providing bursaries to allow primary school children to continue their education to secondary level, the provision of regular coaching and training in sports (primarily cricket), providing sporting equipment for organised cricket and football and organising and promoting local sporting tournaments and providing food to under-fed children throughout the year.

(2) To advance the education in sport (in particular cricket) of young people living in the Gloucestershire area by the provision of assistance and encouragement in particular in the form of inspirational talks (so as to enable them to fulfil their potential).

(3) To advance the education, development and improvement of young people living in the Gloucestershire area, in particular but not exclusively through the provision of sporting and sports coaching programmes so as to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible citizens.

Our Trustees

Mike Procter Foundation UK

Mike Procter

Mike Procter

South African Cricket Legend, Founder Mike Procter Foundation

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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.

Nick Bryan

Nick Bryan

Chartered Accountant, Head of Finance at Freixenet Copestick Limited

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Nick Bryan
Chartered Accountant, Head of Finance at Freixenet Copestick Limited

Nick Bryan is a Chartered Accountant and is Head of Finance at Freixenet Copestick Limited, the UK arm of international sparkling wine producer Henkell Freixenet. After qualifying with Ernst & Young in London he has spent most of his career in commercial finance and Finance Director roles in the food distribution and alcoholic drinks industry. Nick is a lifelong cricket lover and is a passionate Gloucestershire C.C.C supporter.

 

Sarah Blowen (with Mike Procter)

Sarah Blowen (with Mike Procter)

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

International Development Professional

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Michael Thompson
International Development Professional and Trustee Mike Procter Foundation UK

Michael Thompson is an international development professional with over thirty years experience gained with a number of non-government and government organisations in both the UK and eastern and southern Africa.  Michael specialises in community engagement in development projects and serves as a trustee with a community conservation trust in the Maasai Mara in Kenya.  Michael has raised significant funding for these causes in both his professional and trustee roles.  In his role in Kenya, Michael has introduced cricket into a local primary school, using it as a vehicle for increasing participation in further education.  A keen sportsman, he still plays occasionally in Tanzania and Gloucestershire and is a member of the Gloucestershire Exiles.  Michael currently works with the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Tanzania.

Ottawa Primary School Project

Cricket legend Mike Procter brought joy to many during his career with Gloucestershire and South Africa
Now Mike is changing the lives of young people in Africa through the work of his Foundation. One of his projects is at Ottawa School.

Mike Procter Foundation: Using sports to make a difference in the lives of the children in Ottawa School.

You can make a difference. If 200 people donate £5.00 a month each, the salaries of 3 local community coaches will be covered. 

Kindly consider donating.