MORE than 100 people gathered at the Popondetta International School in Northern, this week, to officially launch the BSP School Kriket programme.
There was much fanfare as former deputy governor Oliver Ambo bowled the symbolic first ball to a representative from the local BSP branch.
The launch was witnessed by representatives from the provincial government, the department of Education and the Popondetta BSP branch, including students from the Popondetta International and Popondetta Primary Schools.
Cricket PNG regional manager for Northern, Jack Nunisa, was thrilled with the day’s activities.
“We had a huge turnout from across the community.
“We put out a blanket invitation to all interested parties to attend our launch and find out about our big plans for cricket in the province.
“After we finished the formalities everybody got involved in an introduction to a cricket clinic before leaving.”
BSP School Kriket in the province will visit 10 schools and more than 2,000 school students before the end of this year.
The programme has been operating in Popondetta for more than a month but this week’s official launch was an opportunity for the wider community to gather and enjoy some cricket.
Speaking at the launch, Ambo said it had been nine years since cricket had returned to Popondetta.
“I am grateful to BSP and Cricket PNG for giving the youth a healthy and safe sport to play,” he said.
Northern is the 10th province to experience the 12-week BSP School Kriket programme which had now reached more than 40,000 Papua New Guinean school children.