Almost 650 young New South Wales cricketers, who participate in the MILO in2CRICKET or MILO T20 Blast programs, will experience the thrill of having a bat or bowl on the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground during the Fifth Test of the Magellan Ashes series.
Ritchie Hinton, Cricket Australia’s National Field Manager, described the outing as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for the children.
“These children will not only step out onto one of world cricket’s most loved grounds, but they’ll get the opportunity to play in front of a packed house by taking part in a series of activities and small-sided games,” said Hinton of the five to 12-year-olds who will feature during the first four days of the Test.
“The idea is to allow for them to act out their dreams of being the next Nathan Lyon or Ashleigh Gardner on a genuine field of dreams.
“Something we have all been proud of during the Ashes summer is how much the kids have appreciated the opportunity to play on the hallowed turf of the Gabba, WACA, Adelaide Oval and MCG, and we’re sure those children picked to play on the SCG will feel the same.”
The sight of children dressed in their distinctive coloured T-shirts and bucket hats (which signal the program they’re involved in), as they showcase the skills they have developed in either the MILO in2CRICKET or MILO T20 Blast programs, is a key feature of any Test match played in Australia.
MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T2O Blast programs allow thousands of Australian children the opportunity to enjoy a fast-paced and fun introduction to cricket.
MILO in2CRICKET is designed for boys and girls aged from 5-8. It is fast-paced and action-packed, placing an emphasis on participation, developing motor skills and teaching the basics of cricket in energy-charged sessions that last for an hour.
It is also completely safe because the equipment that is used includes plastic bats and rubber balls. MILO in2CRICKET is inclusive of children with a disability.
MILO T20 Blast provides children aged 7-12 with their first experience of playing games of cricket in a safe and social setting.
The playing time of a maximum of 90 minutes is enhanced by an exciting atmosphere which, just like a BBL or WBBL match, includes music and vibrancy. While each child gets to bat, bowl and field, they also learn the values of game sense, teamwork, communication and sportsmanship.