Photo Credit: South Australian Cricket Association
During their recent preseason Connection Camp, the West End Redbacks spent time with six regional South Australian schools, running clinics and getting to know the next generation of keen sports fans and participants.
Yankalilla Area, Rapid Bay Primary, Mt Compass Area, Aldinga B-7, Tatachilla Lutheran and Willunga Primary Schools all welcomed Redbacks players and staff for an afternoon of fun and basic skills.
Allrounder Nathan McAndrew thoroughly enjoyed the day, loving the energy and positivity on display.
“Organised chaos I reckon is the best way to describe it. Some very talented cricketers out there. It was great fun – everyone was really keen; they were all diving around on a muddy track, so I’m sure the parents will be happy with us tonight.
“It is a great initiative to be able to get out into the schools. When I was growing up, I remember one time the Sydney Swans came out to our school, and I will never forget that. Those memories are fantastic.”
Andrew Edwards, SACA Cricket Manager – Statewide Schools, knows how important it is for elite athletes to connect with the community.
“Every opportunity we get to have players and coaches helping to deliver our programs is fantastic; the kids had a great time today. Cricket is a great sport to build not only skills, but social skills and friendships as well.
“Cricket Blast is all about creating an entry point for kids to play some cricket without barriers, feel safe, get opportunities and enjoy themselves. We ran through some batting, bowling and fielding exercises and it is always great fun to see the kids out there getting active.”
These thoughts were shared by Yankalilla Area School staff.
“It is so great to have the kids out doing something different. We don’t get as many opportunities like this being a bit out of the way in Yankalilla, so this has been great. This is something they will all talk about for ages.”