Fu­ture stars learn the ba­sics

Tablelands Advertiser - - CLASSIFIEDS - Bec Singh

THE cricket sea­son in Ma­reeba is well un­der way but the fu­tute stars of the game have been ea­gerly prac­tic­ing their skills at the Milo In2Cricket pro­gram at Borzi Park, Ma­reeba.

Young­sters aged be­tween 5 to 8-years-old worked on their throw­ing, catch­ing and bat­ting through fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

Milo cricket co­or­di­na­tor Tr­isha Spry said this year had been the first time the pro­gram had run in a few years but it was a great ini­tia­tive for chil­dren.

“We haven’t run the pro­gram be­cause we did not have enough kids but this year we had about 40 kids regis­ter which is great,” she said.

“We have a great mix­ture of boys and girls this year who have not played cricket be­fore that are in­tro­duced to cricket through this pro­gram.”

Mrs Spry said kids learned through fun and fit­ness the ba- sics of the sport that can be in­cor­po­rated into an ac­tual match.

“There are dif­fer­ent drills we do each week to work on their run­ning, throw­ing, catch­ing and bat­ting,” she said.

“The next step for th­ese kids will be the Milo T20 blast.”

Ma­reeba res­i­dent Cather­ine O’Brien whose two kids Cooper, 7 and Si­enna O’Brien, 5 are in the Milo In2Cricket pro­gram said this was a great way for kids to en­joy cricket and fit­ness.

“Kids need to be out and about not in front of the tele­vi­sion. Both my hus­band and I are sporty so it was nat­u­ral our kids got in­volved,” she said.

“Both the kids love it and it is a great en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren to learn the ba­sics of cricket.”

If any par­ents are want­ing to have their kids in­volved visit www.play­cricket.com.au or go to the Ma­reeba & District Cricket Face­book page and fol­low the links. .

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