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Week-long cricket outreach on island a success

Arin Kumar
Thursday, April 03, 2014

CRICKET Fiji has hailed a week-long outreach program on Kadavu a success.

Senior cricket development officers Joeli Mateyawa, Iniasi Cakacaka and Kitione Tavo travelled to the island with Fiji National Sports Commission officials last week.

While there, one development officer was based with the main group working on the outreach program with youths, while ran a kids' cricket program aimed at getting school-aged children involved in cricket as a part of their regular curriculum.

Mateyawa said they reached out to more than 1000 Kadavu children.

"Overall we visited 1060 kids in nine schools; eight primary schools and one secondary school. We also had a morning and an afternoon session with approximately 90 youths who belonged to the youth group in the targeted community."

Cricket Fiji development manager Saiasi Fuli said it was a good opportunity to spread the gospel of cricket.

"However, what's even better for us is that we have managed to run a kids cricket program on Kadavu at the same time as the sports outreach program with the youth groups," he said.

Fuli hopes cricket will grow in popularity on Kadavu so that a team from there could compete in competitions on Viti Levu next year.

Cricket Fiji hopes to be a part of the commission's next outreach venture to Rotuma.

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