Preman (left) is pushing cricket forward at school.
The Selangor Cricket Association (SCA) have embarked on an ambitious development programme, targeting primary schools, in the state.
SCA initiated their second programme at SJK (T) Simpang Lima in Taman Sri Andalas. About 200 children attended the day-long programme, organised with support from the school’s Old Boys Association.
SCA president Datuk S. Shanthakumar said their target was to start similar programmes in 10 schools in the next few months.
“We have already started in two schools. The first one was in Puchong. SJK (T) Simpang Lima is the second. We are working closely with the Old Boys Association and Parent-Teacher Association of the respectively schools to draw up the programme.
“We are pleased with the response and commitment from teachers as well as the Old Boys Association of SJK (T) Simpang Lima. We were quite surprised with the presence of the parents.
“The parents’ support is very important as they have to send and fetch their children to and from the training sessions,’’ said Shanthakumar.
About 10 coaches, from SCA, spend a day with the participants. The participants went through the basic skills such bowling, catching and batting.
The participants showed a lot of enthusiasm and Shanthakumar said they were confident the programme would be a successful one.
SCA will be providing two coaches _ M. Palanivel and N. Preman — for the weekly training sessions.
Preman is a former student of the school while Palanivel has been actively involved in SCA development programmes.
Both Preman and Palanivel will also have members of the Old Boys Association as their assistants. Shanthakumar said they would also be initiating a coaching course for the teachers and members of the Old Boys Association.
“It is important for the teachers as well as the members of the Old Boys Association to know about the game. It is not only coaching but also the technical aspects of the game. They can also be involved in our programmes,’’ he added.
SJK (T) Simpang Lima Old Boys Association president N. Subramaniam said they would select 30 boys and 30 girls for the twice weekly training sessions.
“We are grateful to the SCA for initiating this programme. We are also working closely with the school to make cricket part of the annual activities. Our focus will be on children aged below 11 this year. The Year Six pupils will be sitting for the UPSR and will be leaving for secondary schools. The aim is to prepare teams for next year’s district championships.
“We were also informed that there will be an Under-10 competition later this year. We hope to have a team playing in the competition. It will be a platform for the trainees to gain exposure and gauge their progress,’’said Subramaniam.
The SCA will be organising a competition for the 10 schools involved in the development programme.
Shanthakumar said they were eager to evaluate the progress of the 10 schools.
“And we strongly feel that the competition will be an ideal opportunity for the players to display the skills they had learnt during training,’’ he added.