A few months ago a range of key organisations got together along with the local cricket clubs to look at ways to increase junior cricket participation in Wonthaggi.

The Growing Cricket in Wonthaggi project has already provided training for local cricket players to become junior coaches.  These coaches then delivered cricket specific Active After-school Communities programs in local Wonthaggi Schools.

Towards the end of Term three, cricket clinics were run in the Wonthaggi Schools with a specific focus on Grades Three and Four.  The sessions were a lot of fun and the students had a chance to learn some introductory cricket skills.

The key aim of the Growing Cricket in Wonthaggi project is to build junior participation numbers in the local Wonthaggi area.  We are lucky to have three local clubs involved in the project; Wonthaggi Miners Cricket Club, Wonthaggi Workmen’s and the Glen Alvie Cricket Club as well as the broader support of the Cricket Association and other local clubs.  The clubs have been working hard over recent months to develop joint junior cricket programs that will suit the Wonthaggi Community.

One of the key aspects of the project was the “Cricket Gala Day” event which was held on Friday October 11.  The event was held at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve and was attend by “Star Man” from Cricket Victoria, all of the project partners and many enthusiastic junior cricketers.

“Many parents are a bit hesitant to give cricket a go but when they see how much fun the kids are having, you can’t help but get involved” said Mark Lindsay who is the Regional Manager of the Active Afterschool Communities program.

The Growing Cricket in Wonthaggi Project will then culminate in a range of age specific programs that will be run in local clubs including the Milo Into Cricket program, T20 Blast and the local junior competition for under 12’s, 14’s and 16’s.

The Wonthaggi based Into Cricket programs can be found at www.in2cricket.com.au and start in the first week of November

For more information about this project, please call Michelle Harris @ Gippsport on 0428 358 335.