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PlayCricket Week Smashes WA Schools

29 August 2018

Adam Voges Addresses Kids From Attadale Primary School.

Blaze and Amber rounded up the Perth Scorchers players and hit many schools and junior cricket clubs across Perth last fortnight to mark the launch of PlayCricket Week, the sport’s national registration drive.

A huge team effort from the Community Cricket department and the Scorchers players resulted in another massive week of activations, which saw lots of kids get involved in all the action.

WACA Schools Program Manager, Matt Neves, said the week went extremely well despite using a new approach.

“We tried something different this year by having after school sessions rather than hosting clinics just during school hours,” Mr Neves said.

“That meant on some occasions it was voluntary for kids to come down and get involved, so we didn’t have a guaranteed attendance rate.

“The bonus was we were able to engage with parents directly, and we thought that worked really well.

“We’ve had some great feedback from the schools and parents following the week.”

The Community Cricket team, flanked by Scorchers players and staff managed to hit over 50 primary schools and a dozen junior cricket clubs. Neves said having additional support from the rest of the organisation didn’t go unnoticed.

“It is really great to get out to the schools and local clubs and spread our message and drive registration numbers,” he said.

“It’s also amazing to see a lot of the staff members get out and help, it’s greatly appreciated, in what is a busy time for everyone.

“Even though the weather was a bit hit and miss, we were still able to generate great numbers.”

The action isn’t over yet.

PlayCricket Week now heads to regional areas across WA over the next several weeks, with the aim to raise more awareness about the upcoming cricket season and drive registrations out in the country.