Ludicricket to be rolled out in France's Primary Schools
Tue, Sep 27, 2011 3:39 PM
Participants gathering for a photo
France Cricket has recorded a significant success in obtaining the approval of the National Board of the French Primary Schools' Sports Association (USEP) at their meeting on 8 September 2011 to introduce Ludicricket (based on Kwikcricket) into primary schools in France.
This represents the fruit of three years of targeted development by France's National Performance & Development Officer, David Bordes, including setting up a pilot Ludicricket program with USEP Limoges, now in its third year, which was the significant success factor in obtain approval to go national. Such was the confidence of both France Cricket and USEP that the Board approval would be a formality, there has already been one coach development session, in Brittany, resulting in 60 new Ludicricket coaches.
David is pleased to announce, "We are now a sports partner with USEP which means that cricket is now available to all USEP primary school sports associations in France, that is approximately 14,000 schools although we have opted to start the program by concentrating on 5 regions (North, Brittany, South West, Greater Paris and the Limousin)."
Mark Moodley, General Manager of France Cricket and one of the trainers at the Brittany session adds, "In 2012 we will start small and plan to introduce Ludicricket into only 200 out of the 14 000 primary schools, with an estimated 100 students, girls and boys, at each school. As the project moves along, we are planning to recruit local coaches, to provide continued support for the teachers and the schools. The coach will also be there to help the schools in organising local tournaments, and meetings, and will together with the schools communicate to the public via a series of local web sites and or blogs."
Eventually, we would like to hold a national knock out tournament with schools coming from all over France via regional qualifying competitions to compete in a final in Paris. The key to long term success is through Grass Roots communication and integrating cricket in the French curriculum. We are starting with 200 schools, but with 14000 schools in the organisation, there are many opportunities to develop cricket into a major sport in France.
This has enabled us to gain the support of Stuart Surridge, who will provide, free of charge, the Ludicricket sets for the first 200 schools and is the official supplier of cricket equipment for the primary schools program in France. This success is a major part of France Cricket's development program to increase awareness of and participation in cricket in France.
Tony Banton, President of France Cricket adds, "The USEP project is a major success of which we are very proud and which shows that efforts over several years by our small but devoted team, led by David Bordes, have paid off. We now have the opportunity to involve 20,000 primary school children in cricket in 2012, and that could only be the beginning. We hope that 2012 will be the start of a completely new era for cricket in France."