Children to have fun learning as program returns

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

Junior cricket is returning to Newman this month.

The MILO In2CRICKET 10-week program, run through Cricket Australia, teaches children aged four-eight the basics of batting, bowling and throwing.

Co-ordinator Brooke Kucan said participants did not need any special skills because the program was more about becoming involved in community sport. “It’s a fun, interactive sport and a big part of country life,” she said.

“There are a number of short, fun activities with a focus on throwing, catching, and participation. It’s great for hand and eye co-ordination.”

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Ms Kucan said the sports program attracted about 35 people last year, and received positive feedback.

She said the involvement of the parents had been a positive way to get parents and their children out and about on the weekends.

Ms Kucan said she hoped the program would draw interest this year and attract children who had participated in previous years as well as new faces.

Shire of East Pilbara chief executive Allen Cooper said the council supported all community sports.

“It’s the encouragement of getting children involved in cricket or any sport at an early stage to set them up for enjoying the sport for the rest of their life,” he said.

Mr Cooper said junior sport programs in country areas provided children with the same opportunity as any other child across Australia.

The program, which has been running for four years, will be held at Kangaroo Oval in Newman.

Visit playcricket.com.au learn/incricket. Registrations close on February 4.

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