MURRUMBIDGEE cricket clubs and associations received some expert tuition from some of the game’s leading coaches last week in Griffith.
Cricket NSW participation leader for game development, Nick Guinane, was on hand to provide some tips and ideas for regional in2CRICKET coordinators and centres.
The ninety minute session conducted at Exies Oval provided insight into best methods and practices for successful centres.
The in2CRICKET program runs for eight weeks and is designed for boys and girls aged between five and 10 to learn and enjoy their first taste of cricket in a fun environment.
Guinane, who also rolls out the national participation models and games, said the volunteer base is the most crucial element to Australian cricket prospering.
“Without our volunteer base cricket would not survive. The in2CRICKET centres like the local ones rely on parents’ involvement,” Guinane said.
“Sometimes the parents feel because they have never played cricket they are not suitable, this is not the case – every parent has a crucial role, no matter how small.
“Riverina development manager Robbie Mackinlay also assisted on the night and was full of praise for cricket associations who fly the flag locally.
“It always amazes me how efficiently the local volunteers go about their work with limited resources and busy lifestyles,” Mackinlay said.
“The old saying of getting a busy person to get something done is alive and well in the Murrumbidgee.”