From the 22nd of August, the Christchurch Metro Cricket Association and Christchurch Junior Cricket Association are sending out coaches to 40 schools throughout Christchurch aiming at increasing interest of cricket amongst juniors.
The program is aimed at five to eight year olds and features fun enjoyable games and includes promotional give-aways which plan on getting more children enthused around the sport of cricket. Some of these schools such as Oaklands and Banks Ave have a large intake of students showing interest in cricket with both schools involved in two full days of coaching to reach them all. The aim of the sessions are to link school students to one of 15 clubs around Christchurch and provide the opportunity to register for the 2016-17 season.
Ten coaches have been given the task to plan and co-ordinate these sessions all of which are at different experience levels of coaching and playing. Two of these coaches, Shaun Stagg and Rueben Craw, are currently studying a bachelor degree in Sport Coaching at the University of Canterbury. This involves them taking part in an internship within a sporting organisation and getting real experiences of what the industry might hold for them. Both Shaun and Rueben are current cricket players.
Over the next week they will be planning, preparing and coordinating these sessions under supervision of experienced coaches in a ploy to excite them about future job prospects.