Austria Cricket gets involved at multi-sport day
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 11:10 AM
With ICC Europe and Cricket factory agreeing partnership last month, ICC Europe's members can now benefit from the equipment produced by Cricket Factory to grow the great game across Europe.
In a country where cricket is still a developing sport, various creative efforts by Austria Cricket have been undertaken to introduce the game to many different audiences and at venues which can draw in the crowds, most recently at a sports day.
The employees' welfare sport union (BSV) of the corporate AVL List GmbH the World?s largest privately owned Automotive engineering corporate, has celebrated its golden anniversary and hosted their sports day. The event which was visited by 700 employees and family members of all ages, had more than 20 different sports to try out and tried to attract more members, so cricket had a tough challenge.
Simply attracting the visitors was the easy bit, the challenge was involving them in playing cricket, for this they used Cricket Factory's 'Mini slip net' and 'Drill cube' which were the perfect sets for kids to start with for fun.
Without knowing the goal, they started catching, throwing at target, hitting stumps and getting warmed up and without any initial involvement of coaches. Followed by bringing the new cricketers onto the pitch and hitting the ball or bowling at the wood work became an easier task as a basic understanding was already developed. It became a real family game with real competitiveness and all round fun. More than 250 people played cricket actively which was a huge participation ratio.
The day ended with lucky draws and one of a family winning a cricket set and great words of appreciation by the CEO Mr. Helmut List.