29th April - 7th May 2019 

Your school could drum with the Bollywood Brass Band & Inspire-works Drummers at the Street Child Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge & perform body percussion at the Final at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London!

This exciting project is in partnership with Street Child United and Cambridgeshire Music.


The Opening Ceremony will be open to the public, and Street Child United are inviting pupils from across Cambridgeshire to come and attend with their families and friends! Take in the atmosphere of a world cup and learn about what the charity does to support street-connected children around the globe. Over 600 pupils from Cambridgeshire schools will drum together with Inspire-works Drummers and the Bollywood Brass Band to create a wonderful festival atmosphere to this unique event!

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The day will also see 20 matches played across 2 pitches, with 9 teams of street-connected children from countries across the world competing. The teams are all mixed, with equal participation between girls and boys. There will be food and drink for sale, performances, and the opportunity to listen to our visitors’ stories. In addition to performing the drumming, your pupils can also play cricket-related games!


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The Finals will be at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London! Pupils from schools participating in Bang the Drum 2019 will perform body percussion and a new Bhangra version of the Street Child Cricket World Cup anthem “I Am Somebody” which was written specially for Street Child United by Drum & Bass legends Hospital Records! The children will take in the atmosphere of the Main Ground at Lord’s, the Home of Cricket; and learn about what Street Child United does to support street-connected children around the world.


All pupils participating in Bang the Drum 2019 will be able to achieve their Arts Award Discover qualification by participating in the drumming workshops, completing some short log-book assignments via our Online Learning Platform and performing at the Opening Ceremony.

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Participating schools will also be given 12-months free full access to our World-Music Online Learning Platform that has been selected as a Finalist in the Music Teacher Awards 2019 and the Primary Music Magazine Awards 2019 to help further the classes learning and engagement with world-music. These resources also contain some cross-curricular activities relating to street children themes covering PHSE, British Values and SMSC. The resources are not compulsory but add tremendous value to the project. The time commitment should be 2-3 hours in addition to the drumming workshop for each class.


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  • Half day of drumming workshops in school by Inspire-works Facilitators to learn the music

  • All drums & percussion instruments for the workshops & performances

  • 12-months free full access to our Online Learning Platform

  • Perform with the Bollywood Brass Band & Inspire-works Drummers at the Opening Ceremony at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge & Final at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London

  • Arts Award Discover qualification for up to 2 classes (60 children)


29th April-3rd May: School Drumming Workshops Week (mutually convenient date & time scheduled for each school)

4th May: Perform at Opening Ceremony, Parkers Piece, Cambridge (11am-5pm)

7th May: Cricket Final and Performance at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London (10:30am-3pm)


£300 Drumming workshop

£150 Full access to Online Learning Platform

£237 Arts Award Discover for 60 pupils

£100 Performing with Bollywood Brass Band & Inspire-works Drummers

£787 Total


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We have a limited number of places for this exciting project and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Closing date: 26th April 2019.

Please note this project is subject to funding.

Click here for a template permissions letter to send home to parents.


Millions of children around the world are forced to live and work on the streets. These children are ignored, vulnerable to abuse and routinely denied their basic rights.

Street Child United uses the power of sport to provide a global platform for street-connected young people to be seen and their voices heard, so they can receive the protection, support and opportunities that every child is entitled to.

Ahead of the world’s biggest sporting events, Street Child United organises international sports events for street-connected young people, challenging the negative perceptions and treatment of them worldwide. They work with outstanding NGO projects in a range of countries. Street Child United’s past events include:

  • Street Child World Cup Durban 2010

  • Street Child World Cup Rio 2014

  • Street Child Games Rio 2016

  • Street Child World Cup Moscow 2018

Inspire-works have partnered with Street Child United for these previous projects:

  • Road to Rio 2014 (Royal Albert Hall) - in support of the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014. 1,675 London school children successfully achieved the Guinness World Records attempt for the largest samba band. The event was also filmed by BBC Blue Peter and selected as a Finalist in the 2015 Music Teacher Awards:

  • Bang the Drum 2016 (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London plus live stream) - in support of the Street Child Games 2016. 1,827 school children achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest drumming lesson with over 10,000 further participants joining online via live stream around the world. The project was selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Music Teacher Awards:

Street Child World Cup 2018 (Moscow) - Inspire-works Facilitators travelled to Moscow to lead drumming workshops with the teams of street-connected children and the British School of Moscow: