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Sunday, April 4, 2010

BSP sponsor Papua New Guinea school cricket

LEFT - Listen up kids! PNG national cricket players Tanti Heni and Timothy Mou giving out some helpful cricket tips to students of Wardstrip primary school.

Cricket PNG and Bank South Pacific announced this week cricket's biggest ever school focused cricket development program.

As part of a three-year commitment, the program is scheduled to teach cricket to more than 50,000 PNG school children during each year, starting 2010.

This week also BSP bowled in K750,000 for the school kriket program during its launching at the Wardstrip primary school in Port Moresby on Wed.

BSP School Kriket is a new nationwide initiative from Cricket PNG and the programs focus is on developing kids participation in cricket throughout primary and secondary schools in PNG.

The program will be delivered in schools by Cricket PNG Regional Managers and Cricket officers, Australian Government funded AYADs (Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development) in selected areas, CPNG part-time school cricket development officers, teachers and school volunteers. BSP branch staff will also be involved in schools, helping to deliver the program.

The program will run in a school over 12 weeks and it involves five distinct stages.

The sponsorship worth K250 000 annually will run for the next three years and is aimed at reaching PNG children throughout the country with the help of BSP branches nationwide.

The sponsorship will not just cover traditional cricket stronghold areas but reach out to many provinces in the Highlands, Momase, Southern and New Guinea Islands.

This year BSP School Kriket will cover more than 50 schools in NCD and 20 schools in 12 other provinces.

BSP chief executive officer Ian Clyne commended Cricket PNG for their professionalism and enthusiasm in terms of its new cricket development program.

"It is hoped that more young talents especially from the non-traditional cricket areas will soon be discovered and will lead to PNG becoming a regional powerhouse in cricket within the next five to 10 years," Clyne said.

"Not only is BSP's support significantly lucrative but it is the complete organisational commitment that makes this program special," confirmed CPNG General Manager, Bill Leane.

"The culture of BSP as an organisation is a perfect fit with cricket as it is all about supporting the community and here is a major example of that focus and culture at work and delivering real benefits to PNG's schools and children," Leane said.

"That cricket is excited to actually be able to deliver a meaningful national development program for boys and girls that does build self esteem, and promotes awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

"As a non 'Gladitorial' sport cricket can give young athletes the opportunity to compete without the inherent issues of contact sports.        

"Cricket is FUN and safe."

Schools wanting more information on the program should contact Gayan Loku (National Development Manager) on 3233254 or 76614980 or by email to cricketpng@y7mail.com.

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