Weekly NT Cricket visits to Tiwi Island communities is set to boost enthusiasm in the sport in the lead up to the 2017 Imparja Cup in Alice Springs.

Supported by the NT Department of Sport & Recreation and the Lord’s Taverners NT, cricket activities will be delivered for players of all ages and abilities in the communities of Pirlangimpi, Wurrumiyanga and Milikapiti.

NT Cricket Game & Market Development Manager Mitch Farnell sees the regular visits as an excellent way to encourage an increased love of cricket on the Islands. “This program provides us with the ability to deliver cricket on a consistent and regular basis, to community members of all ages.

“Our staff will deliver after-school activities, coaching courses, training clinics and Super 8 matches and I would encourage everyone to get involved and enjoy Australia’s favourite sport. We have also had nominations from Tiwi Island cricketers for the National Indigenous Cricket Championship female squad, so providing them with specific training sessions will also be an important part of the visits, within NT Cricket’s Pathway program.

“The celebration of Two Strong Cultures is encapsulated in cricket matches across the Northern Territory and I’m really pleased that we are able to strengthen and support cricket on the Tiwi Islands,” he said.

Weekly cricket activities continue until early February.