Australian Cricket’s Mascot Challenge will see record numbers of kids participating in cricket, with cricket associations facilitating modified activities in schools to ensure everyone of all abilities can try their hand at Australia’s favourite sport.
The program is currently being piloted in two areas of NSW and the ACT, with the aim to eventually grow the Challenge across Australia.
On a local scale, Cricket ACT worked with six schools over the last four weeks to deliver the Challenge, seeing over 1000 kids aged from kindergarten to year two pick up a ball and have a go at cricket, ultimately helping them develop their fundamental motor skills.
The program has been specifically designed to be easy for classroom teachers to deliver, regardless of their knowledge of cricket and only takes ten minutes per day over four weeks. To complete the challenge, children were asked to undertake daily activities designed to challenge them at their own pace in a fun, participation based environment.
Teacher at Holy Family Primary, Ms Sarah Downes, spoke highly of the program and the benefits of being active during a child’s development.
“It’s been excellent. All the resources have been really easy to follow, from a teacher’s perspective. All the kids seem to love it, as it’s kind of the perfect mix of being challenging, but there’s no one that can’t achieve it, and then there’s always a next level for kids to keep pushing themselves, for kids who are already good at throwing and catching. So, it is easy to differentiate different skill levels in our classrooms.”
“You couldn’t skip it [physical activity]. It’s part of their development and it helps with all of their reading and writing, and everything they’re doing at school, and even just as a brain break. It’s a great way to get them to refocus.”
To find out more about how your school can get involved in the Mascot Challenge, click here.