RSA ‘Get Into Cricket’ scheme thrives
January 17th 2013 by Cricket Ireland | International
As part of the RSA Get into Cricket scheme, a vast amount of cricket sets have been distributed to schools right across the country, we take a look at some of the stories from across Leinster, Munster, the NCU and the North West.
Leinster Cricket Union - Tyrellstown NS
Karl Lynch, a teacher at Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS in West Dublin was delighted to receive the new RSA sponsored equipment and has seen first-hand the progress cricket has made since it started within the school. Lynch, from Ballygawley in Co. Tyrone and a playing member of the well-known Aireagal Chiaráin GAA club has witnessed the games rise within the school of late.
‘Last year, through the help of Cricket Ireland and Fingal County Council we started a cricket coaching programme with a small number of the 4th and 5th class children. The sessions proved a great success and from the teachers point of view it was most enjoyable as the children were so involved that behaviour was not a problem. It was a great game for both boys and girls to compete in evenly. The children learned some great skills relating to teamwork and more importantly communication’.
‘Since then they have been nagging me to start up a school team and to partake in the various competitions that run during the final school term. Give us another year and we will look to enter the Leprechaun Cup!!! I have no doubt that in a relatively short period of time cricket has become the most popular sport in the school!’
Pupils from Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS in West Dublin receiving the RSA Get Into Cricket Kit from Cricket Ireland Development Manager for Leinster, Brian O’Rourke
Munster Cricket Union - Liosmor Mochuda NS
Liosmor Mochuda NS in Lismore in west Co. Waterford was selected to receive cricket equipment under the joint Cricket Ireland and RSA ‘Get into Cricket’ initiative in recognition of the school’s commitment to cricket since 2010.
Cricket Ireland’s Regional Development Officer for Munster, James Doran, has delivered three separate programmes at the school since June 2010 with the sessions taking place at the local Lismore cricket club’s ground.
Munster RDO, James Doran, observed that, “Liosmor Mochuda are one of the smaller schools that Cricket Ireland visit but you would not know that from the enthusiasm and commitment the children bring to the sessions. They are a delight to work with and I know that the RSA sponsored equipment will be put to very good use here”.
School principal, Ms. Andrea Quin said that, “Getting this equipment from RSA is a huge plus for us. We are a small school so this type of generous assistance makes a real difference to us - the boys and girls are very excited and proud to have their efforts acknowledged in this way and can’t wait to get started with the new kit”.
Cricket Ireland’s Regional Development Officer for Munster, James Doran presenting principal Andrea Quin & the senior boys and girls of Liosmor Mochuda with their RSA sponsored cricket equipment
North West Cricket Union - Artigarvan Primary School
Artigarvan Primary School was one of a number of schools to receive cricket equipment as part of the RSA Get Into Cricket initiative being rolled out by Cricket Ireland and RSA. Artigarvan is located locally to a number of cricket clubs, where many of their young cricketers participate outside school hours. The school has a long cricketing history with being the school where Ireland’s Captain William Porterfield attended. The school has continued to flourish in local cricket whereby in 2012 Artigarvan Primary School became the first ever winners of the Strabane Districts Girls Kwik Cricket Competition with the Boys team becoming runners-up in the Strabane District Boys Kwik Cricket Competition.
The school have commented that, “We are extremely grateful to receive these kits from RSA. We have a proud cricketing tradition in the school for both boys and girls who are all looking forward to getting their hands on the new kit in preparation for this seasons competitions”.
Cricket Ireland Regional Development Officer for the North West Cricket Union, Brian Allen, with Artigarvan Primary School cricketers
Northern Cricket Union - Greenisland Primary School
Greenisland Primary School in Greenisland, Co. Antrim was one of a number of schools in the NCU thanks to the RSA Get Into Cricket scheme. Greenisland Primary have been receiving regular coaching visits which has seen their participation numbers rapidly increase and in turn further bolster their strong school to club feeder links with the surrounding clubs. The school consistently qualify for the Northern Ireland Kwik Cricket Finals Days and they will continue to be supported as part of Cricket Ireland’s on-going development work.
The school’s principal Brian Stirling commented ‘‘Greenisland Primary School is delighted at RSA’s continued support of Cricket in Ireland at all levels. As well as having cricket all year round for various age groups, we continue to enjoy links with Carrickfergus, Cliftonville, Templepatrick and Academy Cricket Clubs. Our new RSA equipment will be very useful and is much appreciated.”
School Principal Brian Stirling along with students from Greenisland Primary, Greenisland and their new RSA sponsored cricket equipment’