Cyprus Cricket future looks bright as cricket becomes part of the senior school sports curriculum
Cyprus Cricket's future looks bright with the latest partnership with the Heritage Private School where approximately 300 senior school pupils are going through various cricket drills after the school accepted Cyprus Cricket's proposal to make sport part of the senior school sports curriculum.
Cyprus Cricket collaboration with The Heritage Private School started couple of years ago with the junior school. At that time Cyprus Cricket offered free cricket coaching to the teachers through ICC Europe Development program and also provided free kwik cricket equipment to the school. Now, it has been allowed full access to the Primary and Senior School and given a pretty much free reign to show and teach cricket during PE lessons.
Some of the school teachers are qualified cricket coaches which help as they offer exceptional support to the Cyprus Cricket development staff. Additionally, there is mutual trust on both sides that makes it easier to deliver the lessons at the school.
Now, that cricket is part of the sports curriculum of one of the high profile schools in the country, it is hoped that more schools will be attracted and hopefully make cricket part of other schools sports curriculum. CCA would like to continue offering the schools with a variety of Kwik cricket and where appropriate junior cricket, to ensure that the kwik cricketers go onto junior cricket and then onto adult cricket.
ICC Europe has provided support to CCA and even though it has been a lengthy process, it has helped develop the game within Cyprus. Local coaches have been trained through the ICC Coach development programme, as well as utilising the RFS funding by acquiring the required equipments and then by hiring the local trained coaches to deliver various programs at different schools.
The Heritage Private School is extremely pleased with the way it has developed, "We are thankful to the Cyprus Cricket Association for providing the pupils with an opportunity to learn a new sport. Cricket has enhanced the variety of sports offered through school curriculum and we think it's a win-win situation for all involved. Furthermore, with this latest development there is a clear progression available for junior school pupils who were already involved with kwik cricket."
One of the junior participants who was involved in the activity was evidently excited about it; "My year group (year 11) enjoyed the presentation about cricket very much. The girls and boys took an equal interest in the sport and were very quick to start playing in a team. Some exercises, such as throwing underarm and catching with two hands, were a touch simple for all, and many would have liked something more challenging, however it was still enjoyable. I personally think more time could have been spent on the batting and bowling elements of the game as a lot of time was spent on throwing and catching. Overall, the lesson was fun for all!," said Tessa.