A recent two week visit to the small town of Elliot in central Northern Territory has introduced more than 80 children to Australia’s favourite sport.
NT Cricket’s Remote Red Dust Sports Voucher Program is designed to provide everyone in remote communities with the opportunity to experience and learn the fundamentals of cricket by incorporating the MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast programs into skills sessions and modified cricket matches.
Game Development Officer Jordan Wright was warmly welcomed to the town, which has a population of just over 350 residents. “Everyone in Elliot was so supportive of the program and it was a fantastic couple of weeks. Each day I facilitated sessions for children aged 4 – 15 years during PE lessons at the Elliot School and then a 2 ½ hour session straight after school which was really well supported.
“I constantly had children asking me what cricket skill or game we would be playing later that day which was very encouraging. The Elliot youngsters have extraordinary talent and it was my privilege to assist them to develop them cricket skills and love for the game.
“The senior Elliot cricket team also had a chance to build on their skills, following their participation in the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs in February. I have had an unforgettable couple of weeks,” he said.
Elliot Sport and Recreation Coordinator Sam Maccorrone was very supportive of NT Cricket’s visit. “Jordan did an absolutely amazing job. All of the kids really enjoyed their cricket experiences and we would love to have Jordan out here again in the near future,” he said.
NT Cricket’s Remote Red Dust Sports Voucher Program is supported by the Northern Territory Government Remote Sports Voucher Program, Lord’s Taverners NT and NT Regional Shire Councils. Cricket equipment suitable for both senior and junior players was delivered during the visit to ensure the ongoing viability of the game.
NT Cricket staff are scheduled to visit the communities of Minyerri, Elcho Island, Arlparra, Wadeye, Palumpa and Peppimenarti in the coming months.