No fewer than 195 students selected from nine schools and their teachers took part in a three-day basics training on Cricket.
The training entitled “9ja Kids Cricket Mass Participation” was organised by the Nigeria Cricket Federation in collaboration with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the benefitting primary and secondary schools were all located within the Nnewi Education Zone, Nnewi.
Charles Obasi, NCF’s South-East Regional Development Officer of NCF, told NAN on Monday that the programme which held at St. Peter’s School, Otolo Nnewi, was to raise awareness of cricket among young people of school age in the area.
Obasi, who described cricket as a noble game which instills discipline in the players, said the there was need to make potential and budding athletes to see sports beyond athletics and football.
He said the Yahaya Ukwanya-led board of NCF was determined to deepen the knowledge of cricket which had brought fans and fortune to players in countries where it was well developed.
“The aim of the program is to introduce the game of cricket to schools in Anambra; this time, Nnewi was chosen to benefit from this wonderful sport.
“The Prof. Yahaya Ukwanya-led board of the NCF also hopes to use this event to spread the game and to make people, both adults and the young kids, interested in the game of cricket,” he said.
Obasi said the training included class work where they were taught, the role of a coach, introduction to cricket, ways of dismissal, batting; taking guard, grip and stance.
He said the theory also included, Bowling: Pace/Fast, Swing/Seam and Spin, Fielding, running between wickets and wicket keeping.
He said he was assisted by Ikem Asika, member of Anambra Cricket Association and other players, including Azuka Nwajiobi, (Assistant National Captain), Ugochukwu Umeh, Echezona Ifechelobi and Chibuike Nwankwo.
“On the first day, we took the teachers through the basics of the game of cricket and understanding the sport.
“Video aid was used to illustrate the game and teachers showed great enthusiasm.
“On the second day the teachers came with the sports wears to get practical knowledge of what they had learnt in class the previous day.
“Teachers and instructors proceeded to the field for practical and on the final day, we had a mini cricket match between selected sides, and I must say it was a red letter day for the kids,” he said. (NAN)
– Dec. 3, 2018 @ 14:15 GMT |