At the end of last year, Sports Without Borders NSW partnered with Cricket NSW to run 4-week In2Cricket programs for students at Intensive English Centres (IEC) across greater Sydney. Over 300 students were reached across the five IECs, making the program a huge success.
Week 1 saw that students introduced to the fundamental skills of cricket, with Week 2 progressing to batting. Week 3 saw students learn the unique skill of bowling and Week 4 offered an opportunity to play games and combine all the skills learnt.
Cricket NSW hosted 100 students aged 11-21 from Lurnea Intensive English Centre. At Warrawong Intensive English Centre 66 students were introduced to cricket. The students came from Sudanese, Iranian, and Asian communities and were aged 11-20. Due to the success of the program, Cricket NSW hosted another program at the centre in December 2014.
Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre saw over 60 students engage in the program and Marrickville Intensive English Centre had 80 students from Greek and Asian communities learn how to play cricket. Kogarah Intensive English Centre saw a large class of predominantly Chinese students get into cricket.
Overall, the program was a huge success thanks to the partnership between SWB NSW and Cricket NSW. Special thanks to the Telco Together volunteers who helped the Cricket NSW staff coordinate the students.
This initiative was powered by SWB’s Social Inclusion Through Sport (SITS) program.