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to a cricket contact in 30 per cent of all
Australian schools. School ambassadors
work directly with their local regional
cricket manager or cricket developme nt
officer to coordinate opportunities for
their school community to be involved in a
host of school cricket progra ms available to
them, including the MILO in2Cricket Cup,
Extended Skills program, Active After-
School Communities Program and promo-
Sydney West Regional Cricket Manager
Craig McLean says the School Ambassador
program will be imperative to growing par-
ticipation in his region.
‘ With 3.3 million children in classrooms
throughout the count ry, schools are a criti-
cal gateway to engaging new participants.
Without a teacher who is prepared to com-
mit their time and resources to assist us
to engage these kids our target is almost
impossible to achieve,’ he said.
Northern Territory School Ambassador
Jessica Mahon registered for the progra m
this year and believes it to be an excellent
communication channel not just for teachers
and state and territory cricket associations
but also for inter-s chool commu nication.
‘The remote location of my school is
always a challenge in being able to partici-
pate in sporting carnivals. After registering
for the School Ambassador progra m I spoke
with my local regional cricket manager
about whether there were a ny other schools
in my area that had registered school ambas-
sadors. I then contacted them to set up some
inter- school cricket games. The kids loved
it,’ she said.
‘Although there are great benefits for
cricket to engage teachers, there is also a
wonderfully vast network of school ambas-
sadors that we can connect with and coordi-
nate our own cricket events for our stu-
dents,’ she added. T
Rebecca Mulgrew is a senior officer for
school cricket with Cricket Australia .
Images courtesy of Cricket Australia.
To register for the MILO in2CRICKET
School Ambassador program, visit
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