LIVE AND LEARN: Fabien Leonard and Shane King. Photo: JUDE KEOGHEVERY child has the right to play cricket.
It’s a simple motto.
And one The Movement Disorder Foundation, with help from both Rotary NSW and the Bradman Foundation, is hoping will resonate the world over.
In place since October 2010, The Movement Disorder Foundation has been running kanga cricket-like cricket clinics, with modified rules, to help children with disabilities around NSW get involved in the game.
And there are already plans to expand the initiative to countries on the sub-continent like India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well as New Zealand.
Over 100 children from right across Orange enjoyed the clinics over three sessions at Sir Neville Howse Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday last week in Orange.
Bradman Foundation cricket ambassador Rick McCarthy said he was blown away by the support the clinics have received.
“It really has caught on like wild fire,” McCarthy said.
And McCarthy believes it can only get bigger.
“There has been (a lot of support), but we’d always like more,” he said.
“I believe, there are still a lot of people out there who believe some children can’t play cricket. All you have to do is come down and see the enjoyment these kids are getting out of this to see that’s not the case.
“We’re hoping to spread the word.”
The students practiced their throwing, bowling, batting and catching across a number of drills last week.
And later this year, school children from across the region will converge on Wade Park for what McCarthy calls a “Dream Cricket Day.”
“That’s the idea. The kids will learn more by continuing these clinics at their schools and then at the end of the year, we’ll get Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee or Blayney or Millthorpe, where ever, all together for a dream day,” he said.
The Wade Park Dream Cricket Day will be played on November 1.
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