New College students help promote cricket in Bourke

Kids from Bourke PCYC try their hand at some cricket drills

Children from the Bourke PCYC were given the chance to learn some new cricket skills during the school holidays thanks to volunteers from the New College Student Association at the University of NSW and support from Cricket NSW.

Nine students from New College travelled to Bourke to deliver a School Holiday Camp with as many as 35 kids aged between 7 and 14 years attending each day.

Working with the staff from the PCYC, the New College volunteers ran a number of activities for the kids including arts and crafts, fishing, cultural excursions, and of course – cricket games!

Armed with a MILO T20 Blast kit donated by Cricket NSW, the kids were able to participate in a number of fun batting, bowling and fielding drills throughout the week.

Their newfound love of the game was clearly evident with a number of children grabbing the bats, stumps and balls to start up their own games in their free time.

This is the third year that New College students have travelled to Bourke.

The group raised money for the initiative through fund raising and applying for grants, with Cricket NSW providing the MILO T20 Blast kit, a signed NSW Blues bat to raffle and a small grant to support their efforts.