Kit's Avondale College Coaching Clinic
We are excited to be supporting Kit Perera, who is running after school coaching twice a week for Year 9 and 10 boys from Avondale College. He is looking to expand participation and grow the number of teams at the school. To help, we gave Kit $10,000 as part of our QSCC funding programme. Kit's philosophy extends to "whole of life" and becoming better people through cricket. When we visited we were really impressed with the turnout, enthusiasm, and skills of the boys. Kit also engages the boys by organising visits from cricket players such as Jeet Raval who is Avondale College alumni.
Gear & Funding for Eastern Bay of Plenty
Having moved to Whakatane, Colin Rampling found there was no cricket being played in the region. He and some others have now incorporated the Eastern Bay of Plenty Cricket Club, with the initial focus on low-decile youth cricket. Starting from scratch is challenging and expensive, so we recently donated a full gear bag and have pledged $9,100 to repair four existing local nets, and purchase further gear and equipment. "Thank you so much for the equipment, I know this will be well used. I am along with our members are truly grateful for the support of QSCC," says Colin.
New Nets at St Paul's College
QSCC pledged $20,000 towards net development at St Paul's College. Dion Nash approached us to see if we could help fund his project to get cricket up and running at the school. Dion is greatly excited by the natural talent of the boys in the 1st XI, with one bowling around 160kph. 9 boys were also selected to get some special coaching over winter, "specifically focusing on their batting and bowling techniques so they're up to speed come summer," says Dion. Now that the nets are completed, we're excited to see what they have planned.
Garry Wood's Paptoetoe Coaching Clinic
We have supported the Papatoetoe club and the efforts of Garry Wood for a few years. They continue to do great work with over 25 schools in South Auckland. Before cricket was curtailed, Garry had an active programme of inter-school tournaments, coaching and musters at the club. We have granted the club $5,000 to pay for the coaching and game management, along with some gear for the schools. Thank you again to Players Sports who continue to donate a lot of shop-soiled and seconds gear.