Cricket’s pitch to kids

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The Glenorchy Cricket Club has partnered with Cricket Tasmania to deliver a new pilot program designed to promote the sport in schools then identify, train and retain talented young players.

The Northern Suburbs Ambassador Program’s primary aim is to grow interest and involvement in cricket in Hobart’s northern suburbs by running clinics in local state primary and secondary schools that don’t currently have their own cricket programs.

Glenorchy First Grade player Josh Hartill – who has also represented Tasmania in Second XI cricket – will deliver a series of sessions at schools including Cosgrove High, Montrose Bay, Jordan River, New Norfolk, Glenora and Oatlands schools.

He will also help deliver the Reclink Community Series Cricket Tournament, with Reclink to fund scholarships that support talented players as they make the step up to the Wilson Homes Cricket Tasmania Premier League.

“We’re really excited at the platform this gives us to help continue to grow the game of cricket in the northern suburbs, giving boys and girls access to the game of cricket where they might not previously have had the opportunity before,” Glenorchy Cricket Club president Tony Wade said.

“More than 50,000 people live in the northern suburbs catchment area, and we are a region of enormous growth, so we really feel that the potential for the growth of our sport is huge.

“Whilst there’s no denying that this particular pilot program has the potential to benefit us at Glenorchy CC, from our perspective we think the Northern Suburbs Ambassador Program has the potential to benefit a multitude of clubs in our region.”

Cricket sessions in schools will begin to be rolled out in August, in the lead up to the 2023-24 season. If the pilot program is a success, it is hoped the framework could then be mirrored by other clubs and rolled out across the state.

“Ultimately, we want as many Tasmanians as possible to have the opportunity to participate in cricket, and we really do feel this initiative has the potential to reach people who haven’t had that opportunity previously,” Cricket Tasmania General Manager of High Performance, Salliann Beams, said.

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