Ross McCreath

Founder, Tiger Titans

From Bathurst to Buckingham Palace. That's the trajectory 16-year-old Ross McCreath has been on since 2007, when he decided to share his cricket kit and coaching know-how with bored kids in Bathurst's Nolukhanyo township during school holidays. "I thought: �It's not like I've got anything better to do',� McCreath says, "so I took my cricket stuff down to the commonage and tried to show the kids how to play.� McCreath, who is in Grade 11 at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown, created the Tiger Titans, a squad of 30 boys who now play against private schools in nearby Grahamstown and Port Alfred. He has played against the Titans on three occasions, and has been bowled out for a duck twice. "For what few resources these kids have got, they are so good. If they had access to facilities like St Andrew's', they'd be Eastern Province players in no time,� he says. The Titans have a full-time coach, Duzi Mkalipi, but still play on the bumpy, cow-pat encrusted commonage. "What we need is support � real support, not a couple of pairs of gloves � from Cricket South Africa and from corporates,� McCreath says. His work with the Titans has contributed to his participation in the President's Award (known internationally as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award) and has made him something of a celebrity. He was seated four places away from the Duke, Prince Philip, at a gala dinner at Lord's Cricket Ground in March this year, and was invited to Buckingham Palace the following day for tea, his visit coinciding with that of President Zuma. McCreath wants to go into politics and help the department of sports and recreation to uplift impoverished areas through sports development. "I like seeing things change� . � Lionel Faull

Lunch spot: The Pig & Whistle, Bathurst, Eastern Cape