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Cricket Katunga South PS

Image: Students a Katunga South Primary School learn from their coach Leah Morrison.

Students in country Victoria at Katunga South Primary School are learning the cricket essentials with a former student of the school, Leah Morrison.

The school chose the Sporting Schools cricket programme for term four after they delivered a Sporting Schools FFA programme in term three.

Leah said the kids have absolutely loved their cricket sessions that ran for an hour each week.

“They've been arriving early to warm up, taking cricket sets out at lunch and recess time, and playing outside of school hours using the free bats they received, which they think are the coolest thing ever,” Leah said.

Leah is doing a sports course at university and runs the cricket programme in her spare time as she sees it as a brilliant development opportunity.

She has wealth of experience with cricket as a Development Officer at Barooga Cricket Club and a coach for a combined girl’s cricket team and the U18 and U14 Northern Rivers teams.

“Bats they received… They think are the coolest thing ever”

Currently, Leah runs the programme at a few small schools in the area where she often works with a range of ages and some all-abilities children.

“The programme and equipment are easy to adapt to the varying abilities, and the lesson plans are easy to understand,” Leah said.

“Even those without any cricket background would find them simple to follow and to run,” she said.

Leah has provided the current teachers with the lesson plans so that they can continue to teach cricket during HPE, and has also encouraged the kids to join a local cricket club as they are keen to continue playing and developing their skills.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a cricket programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Cricket Australia page.

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