Simon Prodger remembered with new Legacy Fund

Trustees have donated £5,000 to the Simon Prodger Legacy Fund in memory of his devotion and passion in the work of our major grant partner, East Africa Character Development Trust.

Simon Prodger died very unexpectedly on Saturday 8 April 2023 aged just 63. He was a cricket man through and through. As a player but even more significantly as an administrator and activist serving many cricket-related charities, his contribution to cricket – and through cricket to social and educational good – was nothing less than immense.  It was entirely fitting that the MCC has recently honoured Prodge posthumously with a Community Cricket Hero award.

As a player Prodge relished the competition of Saturday league cricket at Harlow CC, at Hoddesdon CC, at Harefield CC and finally at Watford Town CC. Beyond this, he played on Sundays for Stroud Green CC in Haringey (a club represented almost exclusively by West Indians), represented the MCC on 113 occasions at home and abroad, was a regular for the Kenya Kongonis and Stragglers of Asia and, in his later years, also for Bucks Over-50s.

Off the field, he served as a longstanding Secretary and MD of the Club Cricket Conference and National Cricket Conference, as Chair of Watford Town CC, as a trustee of the Club Cricket Charity, as Executive Trustee of the East Africa Character Development Trust and trustee of the Character Through Cricket Charity.  In everything Simon undertook, he fought tirelessly to promote the recreational game and community cricket clubs.


Even more significantly, he fought to make cricket a game for everyone. Long before words like “Inclusivity” and “Diversity” became part of our national lexicon, Simon was on the case – ensuring that everyone, regardless of colour, creed, gender background and ability, was included. His role in setting up the National Asian Cricket Council and African Caribbean Cricket Association was phenomenal. He also believed passionately in cricket’s power to achieve remarkable social and educational impact, demonstrated in his role in developing the work of the East Africa Character Development Trust. Through its integrated cricket and Life Skills programme, the charity supports young Kenyan boys and girls living the most challenging of lives in Nairobi’s slum communities and nurtures specific character qualities essential for success in all aspects of our lives. The charity is achieving remarkable things.

The untimely death of this unsung cricketing hero leaves a gaping hole – and not least because there was so much more that Simon was determined to see accomplished for and through cricket. In the light of this, his friends, with the support of his family, have set up the Simon Prodger Legacy Fund. The Fund sits as a restricted fund inside the Club Cricket Charity. It will support cricketing causes close to Simon’s heart, notably (but not exclusively) the work of the Club Cricket Charity in supporting recreational cricket in the UK and of the East Africa Character Development Trust in Kenya.

Our trustees are pleased to donate £5,000 for this fund to support the ongoing work of the EACDT.

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