Wolves captain Danny Batth and his partner Natalie Cutler are to stage a screening of a new documentary showing how a school in India is using football to keep young girls out of child marriage and in education.
The documentary, entitled Married To The Game, was filmed and produced by Natalie, and is focused on the work of the YUWA Academy in India including footage from the couple’s visit to Jharkland last year where Danny led the girls with some coaching sessions.
The Ramada Park Hall Hotel in Wolverhampton has kindly agreed to host the screening on Wednesday, May 2nd, and the event will be sponsored by Paycare, Wolves’ back of shirt sponsors, who also boast a strong track record in supporting charitable enterprises.
The event will also be attended by some of Danny’s Wolves team-mates and local dignitaries and will raise funds and awareness for Foundation DB, the charity which Danny and Natalie set up last year.
“YUWA is one of the three charities Natalie and myself have chosen to support with Foundation DB,” says Danny, Wolves club captain who has helped the team win the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League this season.
“Having seen at first hand the fantastic work of YUWA, and the difference it makes to young girls who might otherwise take a very different path in life, we believe this film is hugely important in raising awareness of the charity.
“I am really appreciative of the support we have already received from members of the public, and staff and players at Wolves, and hopefully the screening of Natalie’s documentary will open even more people’s eyes to the situation and the positive difference that YUWA is making to the lives of young girls in India.”
Natalie, who runs her own film company entitled EntreprenHER Productions, has a wide variety of projects already on her CV, including writing and starring in a one-woman theatre show about progress for women’s rights since the Suffragette movement, and the acclaimed documentary Not In Vain, which looked at the stories of Indian women who had been the subject of acid attacks.
On this latest project, Married to the Game, Natalie says: "It has been a really great experience to be able to bring what I do with my work in film making, and what Danny does with football, together under one project.
“We are hoping that the film will raise enough money to help YUWA with the building of their new school facilities that will also provide dormitories for the girls who are in need of a safer environment."
Danny and Natalie are hugely appreciative of the backing for the project from both the Ramada Park Hall Hotel, and Paycare.
Kevin Rogers, CEO of Paycare, said: Alongside our ‘day job’ as a leading not-for-profit cash plan provider, we at Paycare have always been passionate about supporting charities and organisations which make a real difference to their communities.
“We have enjoyed our long and successful partnership with Wolves, including our sponsorship of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Accessible Lounge for disabled supporters at Molineux, and our back-of-shirt sponsorship.
“Danny has been a fantastic ambassador for Wolves and the city of Wolverhampton throughout his many years at the club, and the work he and Natalie are doing with Foundation DB is hugely impressive.
“They are helping people both closer to home, and also further afield with the YUWA charity, and we are delighted to play our part by sponsoring the screening of their documentary.”
Angela Bir, Managing Director of the Ramada Park Hall, has also been heavily involved in charity work since setting up the Ranjit Power Singh Foundation Trust in memory of her late partner.
“Part of our hopes for the charity have been to support vulnerable people in India, and the work of the YUWA charity ties in with that aim,” said Ms Bir.
“It is clearly a very important initiative, giving young girls the opportunity to improve themselves through sport, which deserves all of our support.
“As a result we were delighted to offer Danny and Natalie use of the Ramada Park Hall to host their film screening, and we are looking forward to a great evening.”
Supporters can join the Wolves players and local dignitaries at the event with tickets available for £20. Click here https://lineupnow.com/event/married-to-the-game-screening for details and to purchase.
Guests are being asked to arrive at the screening at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
*Foundation DB has been set up to support three charities. YUWA, YMCA Open Door in the Black Country, and Football for Peace. Funds have already been raised via an auction of signed matchworn boots from the Wolves players, with a shirt auction soon to take place. Foundation DB are also encouraging people to take part in the Great Birmingham 10k run to raise money for the charity.