Turkish cricket laying foundations for the future
Mon, May 25, 2009 12:26 PM
Turkey's first-ever junior cricket program got under way in April 2009 at Ankara's Bilkent University Preparatory School (BUPS), with boys and girls in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades getting the chance to lay bat on ball.
Under the supervision of BUPS Physical Education teacher David Ogilvie (an Australian with a Level 1 coaching certificate) the boys and girls are learning the basics of batting, bowling and fielding. The eight-week course, which is supported by the Turkish Cricket Board and ICC-Europe, will end with a "Super Eight" competition where the parents of the students are invited to watch.
A second cricket coaching course at BUPS will take place in September 2009, this time with students in Years Six, Seven and Eight taking part. BUPS, one of Ankara's leading private schools, has agreed to include cricket along with other sports in its school curriculum. As part of the Turkish Cricket Board's plans to expand junior cricket Ogilvie has agreed to teach two other physical education teachers at the school and plans are afoot to expand the program to other private schools in the Turkish capital.
"Our hope is that these courses will not only be fun for the children involved but will also strengthen Turkish cricket in the years to come," said Syed Mahmud, chief executive of the Turkish Cricket Board.