Damian D’Oliveira with sculptor John McKenna
February 2015 Foundation Help Fund Trip to India  The D’Oliveira Foundation helped finance six Worcestershire first team squad members and three academy products to hone their batting skills against spin during a trip to India in February.
The Basil D'Oliveira Foundation was launched in 2013 in honour of Basil D'Oliveira. The original aim of the foundation was to set up an exchange programme for talented cricketers, both male, and female who are identified with having ability to further their development within the sport of cricket, but not necessarily the financial means to do so. The tragic passing of Basil's son, Worcestershire's academy director Damian D'Oliveira aged just 53 from cancer left everyone associated with Worcestershire devastated. Damian did so much for youth development within the club, and the wider community, and was regarded by so many as the driving force behind the majority of the senior players now part of the first team at Worcestershire. The committee thought that it would be a fitting way to remember both  Basil & Damian if we renamed the foundation, The D'Oliveira Foundation in honour of them both.
D’Oliveira Scholarship Launched
Foundation Chairman Dormston Cook presents a cheque for £2,000 to Worcestershire Chief Executive David Leatherdale
One of the aims of The D’Oliveira Foundation is to support young talented cricketers who have the skills and attitude needed to make a career in cricket but due to financial restraints need help and support to make the final leap into the game and to this end we have launches The D’Oliveira Scholarship. The Foundation will work in partnership with Worcestershire County Cricket Club to identify potential recipients of the award; WCCC will manage and identify the career path of the young cricketer(s) and The Foundation will make a financial contribution to the costs of that training. Foundation Chairman Dormston Cook recently presented a cheque for £2,000 to Worcestershire Chief Executive David Leatherdale which helped support the costs of some of the club’s academy players taking part in a batting clinic in India. The grant supported academy players Josh Dell, Fred Wynn and Nick Hammond joining senior pros Daryl Mitchell, Tom Fell, Tom Kohler Cadmore, Alexei Kervezee, Shaaiq Choudrey and Brett D’Oliveira under the watchful eyes of coaches Kevin Sharp and Elliot Wilson on a 10 day spin clinic in Chennai India.
D’Oliveira Foundation Name Change
Chairman - Dormston Cook
Senior BBC Cricket Correspondent and guest speaker at our inaugural Gala Dinner has been recalling his memories from his numerous meetings with Basil and giving us a taste of the stories and tales that he will be sharing with us in September. Pat recalls 'I once said to Basil that his inspirational life story should be made into a film. He smiled and said "Where could you find someone who was as handsome as me and could do the cricket scenes?" I think he was joking, but I’m not sure'. Do you have any stories or anecdotes of Basil and Damian that you would like to share with us? If so get in touch with us we would love to hear from you.
Pat Murphy Remembers Basil

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“Honouring the memory of Basil and Damian D'Oliveira through the delivery of cricket programs  and projects that support and encourage children and young people to participate in cricket."
Two of our intrepid “Walk for Basil” team visited BHSF to thank them for their support of last years’ big event. Bromsgrove based BHSF were the events Healthcare and Fitness sponsors contributing money and First Aid kits that were used to treat the walkers numerous strain, bruises and of course blisters! As a lasting memento of the event we presented Startin with one of the specially produced and framed shirts from the walk signed by the entire 2014 Worcestershire County Cricket Club squad which is now proudly displayed in their showroom. BHSF’s Managing Director Philip McCrea, Keith Litster (Operations Manager) and Luke Brown (Assistant Manager Business Improvement & Quality) are seen receiving the shirt from the Foundation’s Michael Podmore and Mark Ashbourne.   
“Walk for Basil” Participants Visit BHSF to Thank Them for Their Support.
Foundation Proud to Unveil First Ambassador We are excited and please to announce that former First Class cricketer Paul Smith is the first D’Oliveira Foundation Ambassador; Paul who was a close friend of Damians having spent time together on the MCC ground staff and was also the first white play to appear for St. Augustines CC in Cape Town where Basil played his early cricket.  We plan to have five ambassadors a role we see as being responsible for widening and increasing awareness of The D’Oliveira Foundation and the work that we do – we envisage the role encompassing the following activities: ·        Promoting the Foundation at cricketing and social events ·        Using their social media outlets to promote the organisation ·        Distributing our advertising/promotional materials ·        Increasing awareness of the organisation within cricketing circles ·        Wear Foundation branded clothing ·        Networking and making useful contacts The appointment of Paul as an ambassador is a fantastic coup for us and shows that the spirit of Basil and Damian crossed all boundaries including the biggest one of all the Worcestershire versus Warwickshire divide!, these are exciting times for the Foundation and we hope to get Paul to play an important role in what will be abright future for us.
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Two of our intrepid “Walk for Basil” team visited BHSF to thank them for their support of last years’ big event. Bromsgrove based BHSF were the events Healthcare and Fitness sponsors contributing money and First Aid kits that were used to treat the walkers numerous
“Walk for Basil” Participants Visit BHSF to Thank Them for Their Support.
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Guest Speaker for Gala Dinner Announced We are pleased to announce that the guest speaker at our Gala Dinner on Saturday 26th September will be renowned BBC Sports journalist Pat Murphy. Pat who is a close friend of the D’Oliveira family has been BBC National Radio Sport's reporter in the Midlands for almost 30 years, specialising in football and cricket. When he's not abroad in the winter covering England's cricketing fortunes - at the last count, 18 tours! - he can be heard reporting from Midland footballing strongholds such as Villa Park, the Hawthorns, St Andrew's and Molineux for BBC Radio Five Live. Pat also writes cricket books, both under his own name and with the likes of Alex Stewart, Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Viv Richards, Graham Gooch, Graeme Hick  and Allan Donald. Author of acclaimed biographies of Ian Botham and Brian Clough, his latest book is a study of the 25 batsmen who have scored a hundred centuries - called 'The Centurions - from Grace to Ramprakash'.
Foundation Proud to Unveil First Ambassador We are excited and please to announce that former First Class cricketer Paul Smith is the first D’Oliveira Foundation Ambassador; Paul who was a close friend of Damians having spent time together on the MCC ground staff and was also the first white play to appear for St. Augustines CC in Cape Town where Basil played his early cricket. We plan to have five ambassadors a role we see as being responsible for widening and increasing awareness of The D’Oliveira Foundation and the work that we do – we envisage the role encompassing the following activities: ·        Promoting the Foundation at cricketing and social events ·        Using their social media outlets to promote the organisation ·        Distributing our advertising/promotional materials ·        Increasing awareness of the organisation within cricketing circles ·        Wear Foundation branded clothing ·        Networking and making useful contacts The appointment of Paul as an ambassador is a fantastic coup for us and shows that the spirit of Basil and Damian crossed all boundaries including the biggest one of all the Worcestershire versus Warwickshire divide!, these are exciting times for the Foundation and we hope to get Paul to play  an important role in what will be abright future for us.
“Honouring the memory of Basil and Damian D'Oliveira  through the delivery of cricket programs and projects  that support and encourage children and young people  to participate in cricket."