Kids will benefit from Cricket NSW initiative
A NEW cricket program will begin at Tabulam, Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Urbenville, Drake and Mallanganee next Tuesday.
No cricket is played in these areas, apart from a couple of times a year when Cricket NSW North Coast game development manager Melissa Quinn visits some schools to run a four-week program.
She invited the schools to a cricket gala day last September and it became a real eye-opener for Quinn and the teachers and parents of other schools as they watched many of the kids bat and bowl better than those who play cricket regularly.
As a result Quinn helped arrange for Tabulam Public School to take eight pupils to Sydney for a NSW Milo T20 school championship.
It was the first time many of the kids had been on a plane and for most the first time visiting Sydney.
The experience and the enjoyment was unforgettable.
Quinn has now decided to start a subsidised Milo T20 Blast centre, which normally costs each child $99.
The kids get a Milo T20 Blast pack and the chance to take part in an eight-week program learning crickets skills from a centre coaching co-ordinator.