Young­sters getting a taste of cricket

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Te Kura o Maketu¯ is one of five lo­cal schools whose pupils are getting a taste of cricket.

Te Puke Cricket Club player Si­mon Eves vis­ited the school last week to pass on some ba­sic skills as part of Western Bay of Plenty Cricket’s Cricket Aware­ness pro­gramme.

Te Puke Pri­mary, Te Ranga, Pon­gakawa and ta­mara¯kau Schools’ pupils are also getting a taste of leather on wil­low be­fore the end of term 3.

The pro­gramme was part of a ju­nior cricket path­way in­tro­duced in 2010 with the formation of the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

From the ini­tial idea, the pro­gramme has grown to en­com­pass 4000 Year 1-4 pupils a year.

The cricket aware­ness pro­gramme fo­cuses on the ba­sics of play­ing the game such as hold­ing the bat, catch­ing the ball and the rudi­ments of bowl­ing.

The Western Bay Cricket de­vel­op­ment team de­liver a 45-minute ses­sion to their young au­di­ences, many of whom who have never held a bat or thrown a ball be­fore.

“While many of our po­ten­tial young cricket re­cruits have had min­i­mal con­tact with the game of cricket, they quickly re­spond to the ba­sics de­liv­ered by our qual­i­fied in­struc­tors,” says WBOPCA cricket man­ager Don Warner.

“The em­pha­sis is al­ways about hav­ing fun, with the vol­ume of laugh­ter and num­ber of smiles taken as our mea­sure of the ef­fec­tive­ness of the pro­gramme.”

Run­ning in tan­dem with the schools in­tro­duc­tion ses­sions is the NZ Cricket Su­per­stars Academy.

The Academy is an af­ter­school cricket in­duc­tion pro­gramme which fol­lows on from the school cricket vis­its.

Western Bay of Cricket runs the eight-week mod­ule of ba­sic cricket in­struc­tion in midOc­to­ber. This sea­son’s Su­per­stars pro­gramme will be run at Gor­don Spratt Re­serve in Pa¯pa¯moa, Pem­ber­ton Park, Blake Park and at Fer­gus­son Park on Satur­day morn­ings.

“While Su­per­stars con­tinue to pro­vide the ba­sics of the game it also pro­vides kiwi-cricket mod­i­fied games. The aim is to pro­vide a path­way to Satur­day morn­ing di­vi­sion two and three com­pe­ti­tions af­ter the Christmas hol­i­day break,” says Don.

TE Puke Cricket Club player and Cricket Aware­ness coach Si­mon Eves with pupils at Te Kura o Maketu¯.

SI­MON Eves helps Brook­lyn Morunga with her catch­ing technique at Te Puke o Maketu¯.

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