CPNG, BSP launch School Kriket programme


BANK South Pacific Financial Group Limited (BSP) and Cricket Papua New Guinea (CPNG) launched the global award-winning junior cricket development programme, BSP School Kriket, at Amini Park in Port Moresby last Friday.
This year marks the 13th year of their partnership in hosting the programme that involves elementary, primary and secondary schools across the country.
Kilakila Secondary School, Bavaroko Primary School, St Charles Lwanga Secondary School, Pari Elementary School and Tokarara Primary School students attended the launch.
“BSP is pleased to continue its partnership with CPNG in expanding the leading junior sports development programme in PNG and the South Pacific, reaching out to thousands of children each year,” BSP National Capital District area manager Dennis Lamus said.
“We are proud that a few of the Papua New Guinea Barramundis (national men’s team) and Lewas (women) started their journey in this programme, which has reached more than 180,000 participants across 12 provinces.
“We commend CPNG for its hard work, commitment and stability in driving the programme’s successes and growth.”
CPNG chief executive Creg Campbell said: “The programme is beneficial for education, health and wellness not only among schools, but communities too.
“The programme is focused on developing the participation of boys and girls in cricket.
“Over the years, the number has increased to 180,000 participants to date. “Last year, despite the Coronavirus pandemic, CPNG reached more than 98,000 participants by hosting 140 clinics and engaged 170 schools through the programme.
“We are grateful to BSP for being the greatest supporter of this programme in the last 13 years.
“We wish to continue building young talents through the programme into the national men’s and women’s teams.”
Since 2009, BSP has invested K4.6 million in the programme with an annual sponsorship of K430,000 to accommodate the 12 participating provinces in the country, reaching 150,000 participants each year.

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