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Denmark Launches New Development Project

Mon, Sep 7, 2009 10:30 AM


The Dansk Cricket Forbund (DCF) has launched its latest Cricket Development initiative, thanks to the recent successful application to the Danish Integration Ministry Office in Copenhagen.

The project itself aims to create a communal hub in Danish Cricket where young people and parents from all ethnic backgrounds can achieve a feeling of community and team spirit through the joining of already established cricket clubs in Denmark. The project goals aim to provide aid for both young and mature people from all socio - economic areas, and ultimately help in providing social competences and skills which can later be used in all walks of working and social life.

The "Integration Project" has been opened up to all active clubs within the Cricket Association, and so far fourteen clubs have signed up to be actively involved. The outcomes of the project are very specific, and require participation from both the Association and the Clubs themselves. The DCF has appointed two full - time development managers to oversee the project, and they will be supported by two part -time development officers.
The "Integration Project" has been opened up to all active clubs within the Cricket Association, and so far fourteen clubs have signed up to be actively involved. The outcomes of the project are very specific, and require participation from both the Association and the Clubs themselves. The DCF has appointed two full - time development managers to oversee the project, and they will be supported by two part -time development officers.

The project goals are made up of the following criteria:-

* To introduce and maintain Cricket in Schools, Youth Clubs and/or similar institutions
* Provide annual Cricket festivals for Schools, Youth Clubs and Clubs at beginner level
* Provide Cricket Camps for newly found project players
* Provide education for club leaders and coaches in recruitment and maintenance of leaders, players and volunteers both Danish and/or ethnic backgrounds other than Danish, thereby securing new development possibilities for increasing player numbers and participation.
* Assist in educating Physical Education teachers and Youth Club leaders in the "Introduction of Cricket" with the aim of this being teacher-led thereafter.
* Establish an ongoing Established Player Programme that fits into the new National Development Plan

The official launch of the new scheme will be on Sunday 25th October in Kolding Sportshall, where Club representatives will participate in varied activities that relate to the projects initial phases. Also the DCF will update/launch a new version of the web page (www.cricket.dk) that will be coming online in October to coincide with the project's launch.

DCF Chairman, Thomas Kentorp explains "These are extremely exciting times for Danish cricket at all levels of the game, and we really are experiencing a "renaissance" with this project in particular, as it is a golden opportunity for our Clubs to pick themselves up and start the grass roots process of putting Danish Cricket back on the world cricket map".



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