New Daughters and Dads cricket program for inner west ahead of T20 World Cup Blog Post
21 January 2020
The worlds best female cricketers will be at the ICC T20 World Cup in Sydney in February to lift the game, crowds and standard of the game to new heights.
And in the inner west another program will be introducing a new generation of youngsters to the game - side-by-side with their dads.
Aaron Graham will take part in a pilot Daughters and Dads program with daughters Natalia, 7, and Aurelia, 8, from February 7.
“Neither of them have played cricket before but I saw it in the school newsletter and the timing worked in well for me,’’ Graham said.
“It is nice to do something that is more of a team, sport thing with them,
“We go to the park and play sport but this provides a bit of structure and opportunity to play sport with others.’’
The pilot program has been launched to coincide with the ICC World Cup which opens when Australia tackles India on February 21 at Sydney Showground.
The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program was developed by the University of Newcastle and Cricket NSW, in partnership with the Office of Sport NSW, has developed a cricket-specific version.
The program is aimed at dads and primary school-aged daughters and focuses on improving fundamental movement skills through cricket based fun activities and one-on-one time with their dad.
“We think it will be a real winner,’’ said Cricket NSW Participation Manager Julie Stafford.
“We are trying to tap into dads who have not thought of cricket for their daughters.’’
Run over nine weeks, it involves a mix of theory-based education sessions and fun practical activities.
“This program is a fantastic way for Dads to engage with their daughters, learning new cricket themed skills, as well as empowering their daughters for the future,’’ Stafford said.
“To take place at the same time as the ICC Women’s World Cup means that dads and daughters can learn all the skills of cricket and watch the world’s best female players all compete on the world stage close by in Sydney.’’
The first program is at Abbotsford Public School on February 7. For further details contact Julie.Stafford@cricketnsw.com.au