ABOUT 320 pupils drawn from eight schools in the Midlands Province benefited from Cricket for Good programme which ran concurrently with the ongoing International Cricket Council World Cup Qualifiers.
Primary school pupils drawn from Kwekwe, Gweru, Gokwe and Zvishavane primary schools had an opportunity to get life skills and coaching from some renowned international cricket players under the programme.
Players from Hong Kong, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and Ireland all had a chance to interact and impart some life skills on the pupils just before training at Kwekwe Sports Club.
All the teams played at Kwekwe Sports Club, one of the venues used for the qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
Midlands Cricket Administrator Admire Marodza said the programme was very successful and went according to plan.
a�?We received training equipment from Cricket Zimbabwe like bats, stumps and balls that we used for the programme and I am happy that the programme went on well,a�? he said.
Marodza said the turnout was overwhelming.
a�?We made sure the programme benefited everyone including the girl child. So we had 40 pupils per school, 20 boys and 20` girls. We had eight schools including Gokwe Cheziya High, a rural school,a�? said Marodza.
He said the intention going forward was to spread the sport to the rural areas where it is yet to fully penetrate.
a�?Going forward, we want the rural schools to benefit from our junior league that is dominated by mostly urban schools, so the coming in of Cheziya is a good start for us. We hope that we will use the equipment that we received for the spreading the sport to the rural,a�? he said.
The Cricket for Good was created as the ICC Global Communitya��s outreach programme aimed at leveraging the enormous power and reach of cricket to positively impart the lives of children and families worldwide.