Mike Procter Foundation
UK Registered Charity No: 1179346
SA Foundation Company Registration No: 2014/092538/00
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
To introduce and encourage sporting ethos and values into the lives of underprivileged and vulnerable children through the provision of cricket coaching and general sporting and physical education opportunities
Initiated in 2014, our aim as a charity foundation is to:
- To expand the Foundation’s operations at Ottawa School;
- To develop a Community Sports Club in the Ottawa School area to be run by the community;
- To provide a multi use games area when the demand is firmly established and funds permit; and
- To expand the Foundation’s work to other schools.
These aims are in line with and fulfil our commitments to the UK Charity Commission to advance education including physical education and to address the issues surrounding poverty and lack of opportunities, especially for children and young adults.
Mike Procter Foundation
South African Cricket Legend, Founder Mike Procter Foundation (UK and SA Trustee)
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Michael Procter (South Africa Foundation)
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.
Retired International Tennis Player and Co-Director of the Mike Procter Foundation (UK and SA Trustee)
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Maryna Procter (South Africa Foundation)
Retired International Tennis Player & Co-Director of the Mike Procter South Africa Foundation
Maryna Procter is the Treasurer of the South African arm of the Mike Procter Foundation. She is a retired international tennis player who represented her country with distinction in Grand Slam tournaments in the 1960s, namely the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open where she reached the Quarter Finals in 1968.
Maryna and husband Mike lived in various places while raising their family including Bristol in England, in line with his cricket contracts, eventually settling in Durban where they still live.
Maryna handles all of the financial and administrative work of the Mike Procter Foundation in South Africa where she is a co-Director with Mike.
International Development Professional (UK Trustee)
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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.
Town Planner and Environmental Development Consultant (UK Trustee)
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Roger Cooper (UK Foundation)
Town Planner and Environmental Development Consultant
Roger has spent over 45 years working in major infrastructure development comprising railways, including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now known as HS1), Thameslink Upgrade and HS2, sports stadia redevelopments in Bristol and Newport, road developments in the UK and new housing developments both in the UK and Hong Kong focusing on planning, environmental, community and sustainability perspectives.
He served voluntarily on various Committees for Bristol Rovers Football Club over a period of 20 years and is passionate about most sports, in particular cricket and football. He is also a seasoned traveller especially around the cricket playing countries of the world.
Chartered Accountant, Head of Finance at Freixenet Copestick Limited (UK Trustee)
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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.