COACHING, umpiring and teacher education courses under the BSP schools kriket programme are currently underway in Kavieng, New Ireland.
Under the guidance of Cricket PNG, 55 participants from the local community took part in a weekend of activities.
All participants underwent rigorous cricket education courses and became accredited umpires and coaches.
Kavieng regional cricket manager Edward Kibikibi said: “The umpiring and coaching accreditation courses are fundamental for the growth of the game in Kavieng.
“We want to help local communities take control of their sporting destinies by establishing their own associations that will enable children and adults to live healthy and enjoyable lives.”
“This weekend of cricket education courses would not have been possible without the help of BSP through their school kriket support. I was thrilled that local BSP branch manager Maureen Wanu and a number of her staff spent their time and enthusiasm over the weekend,” Kibikibi said.
Former PNG national cricketer and current training and education manager Lakani Oala helped run the accreditation courses in Kavieng.
He was impressed with the enthusiasm for the game and argues that many future national representatives will emerge from these youngsters now enjoying the BSP school kriket programme in New Ireland.
Seven schools from Kavieng received weekly visits by the BSP school kriket officers.
New Ireland is one of 15 provinces which is included in the BSP school rollout programme.