Bringing Smiles though Cricket

The CRICKET FOR SMILES Programme (CFS) was established in 2011, with the aim to provide smiles, hope and courage through cricket, to the Tohoku region affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11.

Since 2011, CFS has brought smiles to school children in the Tohoku region through the donation of Cricket equipment and teacher resources, school visits, and teacher education courses.

CFS is supported by many people from around the world. In particular, it is supported by Shyam Bhatia of Cricket for Care and Kate Cropper of Stephen Cropper Tohoku Education Fund.

Sendai University Women’s National Team Challenge

In 2018, CFS started a new initiative, the Sendai University Women’s National Team Challenge. This initiative, in partnership with Sendai University, aims to provide playing and professional development opportunities to female students of the University.

The initiative will provide training and match opportunities to the students with the goal of representing Japan and pursuing a professional playing career.

It will also provide professional development opportunities in teaching, coaching, promotion and sports administration with the goal of developing careers in sport and education.

2022-03-14 New member&Practice with New net!

A growing interest was see in cricket at Sendai University thanks to two programs J-BASH “Challenge league” and the Cricket in Sendai University class. We hope to see more player this year through promotion and practice opportunity.

In the training on the 14th March, as a preparation for the trials that week, we tried out a baseball net to improve our batting and bowling session.

2020-10-31 Sendai University CC Win J-BASH Challenge Tournament

On Saturday 31st October the first ever J-BASH Challenge tournament was held at the Sano International Cricket Ground with three teams including Sendai Uni CC.

The tournament was played with six players per team and with six overs, but with rules closer to full cricket rather than the social formats.

Sendai Uni CC team consist with four Sendai Uni players and two guest players who joined in with the great teamwork and spirit. It is their first tournament win and a step towards greater things.

A summary of results is below:

  • Match 1: Sendai Uni CC: 48 runs, Sano CC 43 runs. Sendai win by 5 runs
  • Match 2: Sano CC: 61 Runs, Tigers CC 24 runs. Sano win by 37 runs
  • Match 3: Sendai Uni CC: 64 runs, Tigers CC 16 runs. Sendai win by 48 runs
  • Final: Sendai Uni CC: 72 runs, Sano CC: 56 runs. Sendai win by 16 runs

2019-5-3 Cricket For Smiles Produces First National Team Player

The Cricket For Smiles program, set up in the aftermath of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake to bring smiles back to the faces of the people of Tohoku, can now boast the production of a National Team Representative.

Akari Kano, who attends Sendai University, was introduced to cricket through the 2018 implementing of the project. After being selected in the National Training squad that year, she made it one better in 2019 by making the touring team in 2019.

Akari made her debut in the recent EAP Qualifier hosted in Vanuatu and her coach for the tournament, Duncan Harrison from Cricket Victoria said: “She was a pleasure to work with in every way and is someone who could develop into a high-quality player.”

Given how new Akari is to cricket her example should be a great motivation for other players to take up cricket and, with the right amount of hard work and talent, follow in her footsteps.

The next target for Akari will be to cement a place in the best XI, and her next chance will be the East Asia Cup which will be held in South Korea this September.

2018-9-3 Special Training with Cricket Without Borders Alice Johnston

We had Alice Johnston from Cricket Without Borders coaching Sendai University Women’s Cricket Club. She had coached them for 5 days(3rd 〜 7th September)

A lot of girls had beginners English but communicated well with Alice with lots of demonstrations and speaking slowly using simple words.

We had a lengthy training sessions mainly focusing batting skills and some Bowling. They are making progress with developing their batting shots and basic bowling skills.

Training schedule for 3rd – 7th September

09:00 – 12:00 morning session, 13:00 to 17:00 afternoon session !!
A lot of focus on Batting practicing (cuts, pulls, drives, sweeps and other more)

Not only there were a lot of improvement cricket wise, but the Sendai girls had a lot of fun with Alice learning about her and were she’s from.

The students were curious of cricket in Australia and how & why Alice got into cricket.

As part of Sendai University project it is one of the thing we are working on and would be great if we could make it happen.

Japan Women’s Captain Mai Yanagida also came to help with the training sessions, she had traveled to Melbourne and was able to give an insight of what it would be like to play in Australia.

Finally , We would like to thank Sendai University, all of our Cricket for Smiles supporters and CWoB for making this possible to run this program and unique opportunity.

2018-6-7 Tohoku Broad Cast (with Comedian “Yoshio Kojima”) had visited Sendai University Cricket Club

Local TV program for Tohoku (TBC) had came to Sendai University for an chance to get to know the newly establish cricket club and the sport, Comedian “Yoshio Kojima” had a taste of cricket and interacted with the club members. This was broadcast-ed in Tohoku region and boosted the awareness of the Cricket club and cricket.


“Yoshio Kojima” did his trade mark dance performance with the girls !

2018-5-18 New Release of the start of Sendai University Cricket Club

With the new Sendai Cricket Club was officially approved by the University, the club players had a news release to the public to explain the establishment of the club, there were a lot of press and media coverage for the day of the release.

<JCA had asked for a comment to newly appointed Captain Kano Akari>

To be appointed the first Captain of the Sendai University Cricket Club is an honer and would like to develop my club as well as myself as an cricket player, Would like to promote our club and cricket as it is the first university cricket club in this Tohoku region, my personal goal is to be a world class Women’s National player.

By Akari Kano (Captain of Sendai University Cricket Club )

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2018-05-5 Sendai University Girls got selected and had their first taste of National group training

National Academy and Squad selected girls had a trip to Sano for their first National training on 5th and 6th of May, Sendai University girls showed good energy and enthusiasm during the training days, Still new to the game and learning, the training provided a lot of game type activity that they had benefited a lot. Coach from Cricket Victoria (Tom Huf) and teammates were happy to provide their knowledge of their cricket.

<Selected for National Academy & National Squad>

(National Squad & National Academy)Akari Kano、Yuna Kosasa

(National Academy)Miku Ito, Minami Kobayashi, Hina Minakawa

Practice of National Academy

(Three players in 2018 National Academy and two players National Squad ! )

2018-03-21 National Trials

On the 21st of March, five students from Sendai University attended the Women’s National Squad Trials. The students, after only one training session, travelled 350 km from the University to Fussa City in Tokyo.


All five of the students from Sendai University have played baseball and, although initially struggling to hit the ball after it bounced, their batting and fielding skills impressed the selectors. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day and learn from the other players as well as the coaches.

The results of the trials will be announced by the end of March.

2018-03-12 First Training Session

On the 12th of March, the first training session was held at Sendai University with students who showed interest in the initiative. After a short introduction, the students had a go at batting, bowling, and fielding for the first time. The students, most having had played baseball or softball previously, showed exciting potential especially with strong arms and powerful hitting. They were all given a bat each and some equipment to train before the trials on the 21st of March.

2017-12-21 Partnership with Sendai University

On the 21st of December, the JCA and Sendai University agreed to start the Sendai University Women’s National Team Challenge.