Cricket NSW today announced a major initiative to acknowledge the importance of cricket within Regional New South Wales, by announcing the timetable for an upcoming ‘Country Blitz’, where members of the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues squad will visit Regional areas to conduct coaching clinics at schools and clubs, in addition to meeting members of the local cricket community.
The players will take part in these visits in October (17th to 19th), as part of a drive to work more closely with Country areas that have been responsible for producing so many of the cricketers that have represented New South Wales throughout history.
Players will visit the Region that they were either born in, or have a strong connection with, and will work with Cricket NSW Game Development staff to promote the game through local media outlets.
Cricket NSW Game Development Manager Cameron French is delighted that Regional New South Wales will be able to receive the attention it deserves: “One of the consistent themes of the recent regional roadshows was increasing the presence of our playing group in regional locations. We are elated the State Cricket department have been able to identify a window to access players and believe these visits will inspire the next generation of players and enhance the profile of cricket in key regional locations”.
Players involved in the campaign are listed below (along with the areas they will visit) :
(October 17 to 19, 2012)
North Coast (Coffs Harbour)
- Tim Cruickshank
- David Dawson
- Trent Copeland
- Chris Tremain
- Kurtis Patterson
- Daniel Hughes
Southern (Nowra)/Southern Highlands
- Scott Henry
- Adam Zampa
- Nic Bills
- Sean Abbott
Central North (Narrabri – Tamworth)
- Luke Doran
- Gurinder Sandhu