A truly Aussie introduction: in2Cricket programs for Sydney’s newly arrived communities

Cricket NSW, in collaboration with Sports Without Borders NSW, is running a 4-week in2Cricket Skills Program at Intensive English Centres (IEC) within high schools throughout Sydney.

Cricket is an engrained part of Australia’s sporting identity and from 19 November to 10 December, youths from newly arrived communities will be given the opportunity to learn how to play cricket.

Run by accredited Cricket NSW staff, the program will educate IEC students about the basic skills of the game along with teamwork activities that build social skills through cricket.

Approximately 80 students will take part in the programs, which will run in Marrickville High School. The programs complement the schools’ existing Health and Physical Education syllabus.

Volunteers from Sports Without Borders’ funding partner, Telco Together, will work with the Cricket NSW staff to instruct the boys and girls, aged 12-15, who are taking part in this program.

With participants from a range of different countries and languages, this program is designed to enable the young people to experience cricket in a fun, inclusive, learning environment.

In addition to learning the value of teamwork and physical activity, 4 individual Sports Without Borders Scholarships will be provided to students to join the Marrickville T20 Blast Club to play in the January 2015 competition.

General Manager of NSW Sports Without Borders, Marielle Latour is delighted to be partnering with Cricket NSW and giving Telco Together volunteers an opportunity to engage with the kids.

“Sports Without Borders NSW is very excited to be able to partner with Cricket NSW to deliver such a wonderful program. We look forward to introducing cricket to the kids of Marrickville IEC in a fun and learning environment”

Upon the completion of the program, a Hero Story will feature the benefits to both the kids and the community.