A Cricket Australia-led initiative, Play Cricket Month was developed to encourage parents and children to begin planning their sporting involvement for the season ahead.
Multiple events took place across the country to mark Play Cricket Month throughout August, including school visits, Cricket Blast clinics and trips to regional towns by State and territory association staff and players.
Six-year-old Bahni received her Cricket Blast pack from Saville and Summer, which includes a Woolworths Cricket Blast t-shirt, a bucket hat, plastic bat, rubber ball, bat sticker sheet and skills scorecard.
“It’s so cool seeing girls wanting to play cricket these days and Woolworths Cricket Blast gives both boys and girls the chance to do just that,” Saville said.
“These clinics create a fun and inclusive environment that reflects the colour and energy of Big Bash cricket, which is my absolute favourite competition to play in.
“I love seeing new kids come through and really enjoy their cricket. Who knows, Cricket Blast kids could end up being the next generation of Adelaide Strikers.”
Bahni will participate in the Junior Blaster program in the north-east of Adelaide, which is an entry-level program targeted at children from multicultural backgrounds who are aged five to seven.
All equipment is supplied in the Junior Blasters program, where those new to cricket will learn basic skills like throwing, catching and teamwork.
Junior Blasters then have the option to progress into the Master Blaster program, which is aimed at seven to 10-year-old children, to further develop their skills and take part in fun, fast games of cricket.
“It may be cold outside but summer is just around the corner,” SACA Junior Participation Specialist Jack Campion said.
“It’s already time for parents and their kids to start thinking about what sport they will play in the warmer months and really, what better sport than cricket?!
“Our entry-level programs are tailored for kids with little or no cricket experience. We want to see our participants get outside, get active but most importantly, have lots of fun.”
As an extra incentive to get kids active, the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing has increased its Sports Voucher program from $50 to $100 in 2019, meaning children can participate in most Cricket Blast programs free of charge.
Visit playcricket.com.au to find a Woolworths Cricket Blast centre in your area.