New cricket programme in PMB aims to hook children

2010-09-24 00:00

THE introduction of a softball-hardball cricket award system in Pietermaritzburg called “Medal Mania” is a new endeavour that is aimed at incentivising youngsters to learn the skills of the game in a fun yet organised manner.

The bronze, silver and gold awards test boys’ and girls’ fielding, bowling and batting skills at different levels with a constructive progression from simple skills to the more advanced.

“Learning anything successfully in life, be it school work or cricket, must be about enjoyment,” said cricket coach Tommy Hammond. “The Medal Mania cricket skills awards system is endorsed by the England and Wales Cricket Board and is designed as a series of incentives that encourage boys and girls to learn and enjoy cricket in such a way that they will want to learn more.

“For children there is no better sport than cricket, as it incorporates life skills through the many different situations that can arise in a match.”

Before children attempt the award, the team from Tommy Hammond Sports will coach and demonstrate the appropriate skills and allow the children to practise them before their test.

To earn an award, each child will have five attempts at each activity and will require a 60% overall pass mark to win that award.

When children pass the test, they will be awarded the relevant medal.

“It’s a proactive and positive step towards improving youngsters’ ability to play cricket,” said Hammond.

Medal Mania kicks off with the bronze medal award in the Michaelmas holidays and will follow up with the silver and gold awards in the December holidays.

“The initiative has already attracted huge interest and I must thank Parklane Superspar and Mongoose Bats for coming on board,” Hammond added.

The awards days will take place at Collegians Club from 8.30 am to 11.30 am on September 28 and 29.

The day will include a fun game using the new long-handled, short blade Mongoose cricket bats, which are designed for Twenty20 cricket with big-hitting in mind.

The cost is R60 per participant. For further details and to book your place, phone Cindy at 074 882 5452 or Hammond at 072 686 8381.

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