By Salifu Usman, Abuja
The Nigeria Cricket Federation’s (NCF) quest for inclusive development of the game of cricket in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and to unearth talent received a huge boost as the Bankstown community in Australia donated training kits for beginners to the federation.
The donation comes as part of the Accelerated Growth Program (AGP) developed by the Federation to introduce 200,000 new children into sport each year in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The equipment that was received yesterday by NCF President Yahaya Adam Ukwenya includes plastic bats, wickets, cones, shirts and several more.
The boss of NCF, while acknowledging the positive effect the donation will have on the launch of the Federation’s Accelerated Growth program, expressed his joy at the gesture of the Australian community of Bankstown.
“This equipment will strengthen and support the entry level program which will deal with the registration and participation of schoolchildren in cricket.” So we are very grateful to the Bankstown community, Cricket Australia and ICC for making this donation, ”said Ukwenya.
He added that the AGP will start when schools reopen and involve both primary and secondary students. “We have completed a school map across the country and have already employed staff who will lead the accelerated growth program. In addition to this equipment, we have 2000 pieces of starter equipment which are currently being shipped to Nigeria. “
National team coach Asanka Gurusinha, who was also on the pitch inspecting and reviewing equipment, described grassroots development as the foundation for the growth and development of the sport, stressing the importance of equipment timing.