Dragon Sport gives cricket kwik boost

A call is being put out for cricket clubs in Carmarthenshire to sign-up to a new initiative designed to get more youngsters playing the game.

Carmarthenshire Council's Dragon Sport officers and Cricket Wales are teaming up with local cricket clubs to help develop their junior sections. All clubs have been invited to take part in a project to develop the sport for the under 9s section of their club.

As part of a new agreement, Dragon Sport will provide clubs with a Kwik Cricket set, Dragon Sport resource cards and will deliver a two hour coaching workshop for new and existing coaches and volunteers.

The main focus of the initiative is to provide girls and boys in the under 9 age-group with an opportunity participate in cricket activities with the emphasis on fun and fair play - the main ethos of Dragon Sport.

The teams will have an opportunity to participate in a monthly Kwik Cricket festival coordinated by Dragon Sport. Links with schools will also be developed.

Each club will host a festival, with the programme running from June until September.

County executive board member for leisure services Cllr Clive Scourfield said: "The Sport Wales Dragon Sport scheme gives young people the chance to participate in eight core sports at school - football, rugby, cricket, tennis, netball, hockey, athletics and golf.

"The key aim is to broaden sporting interests outside of PE lessons and teach the basic skills of running, jumping and throwing in a fun and safe environment."

For more information contact Hilary Jones (Dragon Sport Development Officer) on 01554 744350 / HGJones@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.