Our mission is to inspire UK residents of African and Caribbean heritage to play and to excel at cricket and to obtain the necessary skills, knowledge, and accreditation to enable them to promote succession and be involved in coaching and administration from grassroots to the highest level.
ACCA (African Caribbean Cricket Association) will uphold and promote the spirit of cricket and its values of transparency, inclusiveness and fairness.
Over the years questions have been asked by cricket lovers in England and outside of these islands about the growing absence of cricketers of African Caribbean heritage on the field of play and missing black fans at cricket grounds, especially at international matches.
The numbers of African Caribbean people participating in the noble game of cricket has dropped dramatically since our most recent arrival in the United Kingdom in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Today young people of African Caribbean heritage show scant interest in the game. Since most of us (parents and grandparents) of Caribbean heritage were weaned on the beautiful game of cricket we assumed that our children and grandchildren would follow the same route into becoming involved in the game. Unfortunately, our assumptions are wrong.
We somehow forget that we are living in quite a different environment and culture to that of the Caribbean. Consequently, we have failed our young people by not introducing them to the game.
In an effort to rectify the problem a group of cricket lovers called the African Caribbean Cricket Association has evolved. This followed a meeting in March 2013 organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in conjunction with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to promote the 2013 ICC World Cup matches among members of the African Caribbean communities.
The ACCA is working towards re-invigorating the love for the game of cricket within the older element of the African Caribbean communities and introducing it to the young people of those communities. It is seeking the help and assistance of people who are interested in revitalizing the game of cricket in the African Caribbean communities in general and among the young people in particular.