Sydney Thunder stars Lauren Smith and Chris Green accompanied Cricket NSW coaching intern, Hannah Trethewy, on a recent visit to the Riverina – a project funded by the Cricket NSW Foundation.

Cricket NSW Foundation is the charitable arm of Cricket NSW and exists to inspire everyone to play and love cricket. Through philanthropic donations, the Cricket NSW Foundation is enhancing lives through cricket across NSW.

The two-day visit to the Riverina was a new initiative, focused on further increasing access to cricket and promoting community connection in regional NSW.

The all-of-cricket approach included visits to Rand Cricket Club and Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock Cricket Club (recipients of HomeWorld Helper Grants), a coach development workshop, co-delivering a mental health panel discussion, Sydney Thunder Junior Super Clinic and attendance at the Griffith District Cricket Association presentation evening.

For Trethewy, the opportunity to share her knowledge and learn from others, while giving back to the community, further adds to the exposure experience of the internship.

“I love visiting regional NSW to promote cricket because I am able to network with different coaches and hear other views and ideas around cricket to help better the game. It is also an opportunity to see the talent and energy around cricket in regional areas,” said Trethewy.

“Through my coaching internship at CNSW I hope to be able to continue to network with a variety of coaches across NSW to help grow my own knowledge and views. I also hope to gain experience in understanding other aspects of cricket operations beyond coaching.”

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Sydney Thunder all rounder Chris Green was inspired by the experience and feels it reflects the club’s ongoing commitment to all areas of the Thunder Nation.

“After a few visits now to regional NSW, each trip continues to get more and more enjoyable. I feel very privileged to be a part of the work that the Thunder continues to do throughout the community. It was amazing how many times we were thanked by local clubs and parents for our presence in the region as we hope to continue to inspire the next generation of young cricketers and share the love of our great game,” said Green.

“It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for the Junior Super Clinic. All the kids had a smile on their face as they enjoyed participating in all the activities. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and I can’t wait to go back to visit again soon.”

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