As you know, this blog is about supporting the Australian cricket team with analytical match articles, support driven articles based on ongoing matters in the Australian cricket world and of course where possible it's everything in between the Baggy Green and Green & Gold.
However, support to those who also try to enhance the game for all concerned is equally important in my opinion and where this blog can help an organisation get some kind of awareness, I will try do what I can.
After being contacted by Justin Sambell on Twitter, I had a look at what Cricket Champs is all about.
In a nutshell it is a non-profit program aimed at encouraging children (both boys and girls) with varying disabilities, from the ages of 6-16, to get involved in a club at junior level where Cricket Champs is able to offer coaching in a fun, inspiring and interactive environment.
*For Children with restricted movement or who require wheelchairs, there are some venues which operate indoors on hard floors.
One thing that is so good about the program is that it is done in an environment where these kids can have a great time having a go at our great game and not feel under pressure with making mistakes and they can learn about the game as well!
From the junior levels of developing their game with other children in a similar situation to theirs, they can make mates, get an opportunity with cricket that every person deserves and importantly the Coaches and Volunteers can do their best to further develop the hand-eye co-ordination and ball skills of these special needs children to get hooked on cricket.
The clinic was originally trialled with the Ardross Junior Cricket Club and ahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giffter being successful, Justin and his team are looking to branch out.
The clinic breakdown is as follows:
- The program takes place over 12 weeks.
- Each Coaching session takes place over 1.5 hours (One and a half hours).
- The clinic cost is $75.
- Each child gets a good quality Cricket Champs shirt and a bucket cap to keep the sun at bay.
- Children who take part in the clinic will be given an attendance/participation Trophy at their relevant clubs prize giving.
Now, doesn't this just sound fantastic?
I think it's outstanding and both the children and parents will just get such an epic experience out of Cricket Champs in an environment with no judgement. Instead it is just a good, healthy team effort directly related to expanding our great game.
The program seems to have made wonderful progress already with Tom Moody stepping up as the Ambassador, who can definitely play a huge role in getting the word out there for Cricket Champs.
We all know Tom as a bloke who has represented Australia at the elite level in Test and limited overs cricket and when his eye was in he could club any bowler into the stands with monstrous shot execution!
It is so important that all channels of developing the game is taken into consideration so a huge cheers to Tom for assisting the Cricket Champs crew.
After finding a source where Tom commented on the program, he had the following to say which is very encouraging for the future of this setup:
“We’re currently having discussions with the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia to raise awareness, with the long-term view that this could one day be rolled out across Australia.”
The Australian Cricketers Association is hopefully going to get involved in someway, so I would assume Paul Marsh will be heading this. The Baggy Green Blog have also had the odd chat with him on Twitter. He's got some major challenges within his own job at the ACA but I hope he can assist in some way.
At the moment Cricket Champs is active in Western Australia at three clubs who also have involvement with the Milo In2 Cricket clinics, which has a huge sponsorship backing courtesy of both Milo and Cricket Australia.
The direct contact personnel are mentioned on the "Where Can You Play" tab on the Cricket Champs website, but here's the clubs website addresses as well;
Ardross Junior Cricket Club
Gosnells Cricket Club
Ocean Ridge Cricket Club
Hopefully some of these children will be able to play at senior level in the long-run having had the assistance of Cricket Champs and it would be especially great if other cricket organisations are able to assist with this outreach.
With the sponsorship and support, anything is possible.
My best wishes to Cricket Champs as they try and take this to another level.
If you know of any way you can assist them, be it if you are in the WA area or not, below you will find all the relevant contact details:
General Information for Parents and Volunteers contact;
Mob: 0403 574 930
Cricket Champs Website
Contact Page on Cricket Champs Website
FACEBOOK page for Cricket Champs
TWITTER page for Cricket Champs
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