Monday, November 22, 2010

Seriously in2Cricket!

Slade's involved in this most awesome cricket program called in2Cricket, which is sponsored by Milo. There's more info about it here.
It's a 10 week program and they run activities every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 10am. Slade's participating through the Macgregor Cricket Club, and their awesome group of volunteers.
Through the program Slade has been exposed to so much, and we now have a really enthusiastic cricket player in our family.
Apart from participating in the weekly program, Slade has so far been given: A backpack, cricket bat, ball, shirt, hat, cap and drink bottle. They've also had a group photo taken that he'll get in the next week or two.
Although he was a little daunted the first time that we headed to the cricket (he didn't have any friends who were going), I am really proud to see my son having grown in confidence over the weeks. He is now running out on to the field, getting involved in everything, and is so enthusiastic about it all.
Yesterday was a major highlight, so far, as there was a family day for in2Cricket at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. The kids got the chance to do some activities on the field, and there were a number of state and national cricket players who attended. Slade headed off with the bat that he'd been given on Saturday and got autographs from a whole bunch of players. Then there was also another special signing opportunity, as well as rides and activities for the kids. These included nets in which the kids could bat and bowl, special nets for practising catching, as well as slides, swings, and a jumping castle. The highlight was that Matthew Hayden attended, and Slade got him to sign his bat.
Slade came home on such a high -- he enjoyed every minute of it. And insisted on taking his bat to school today for Show and Tell!
But there's more to come. The participants in in2Cricket also get tickets to a big cricket match, and this year the tickets are to attend the Ashes on Saturday. The kids also get to go onto the field at the Gabba during the lunch break. Needless to say Slade is really in his element, although also a little nervous!
The program cost us about $90 to participate, but considering everything that Slade's got out of it, I think that it's certainly more than worth it.

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