Redball Cricket Programme catching on in Aberdeen

31st May 2018

Drum Property Group today (31 May 2018) celebrates three years working in partnership with Aberdeenshire Cricket Club to deliver an in-school cricket programme, Redball.

The project encourages children aged nine to eleven years to learn about and enjoy playing cricket. For many who get involved it is their first experience of playing the game.

Since its launch, nearly 2,425 pupils from across Aberdeen have taken part in Redball, from fifteen different schools, representing 20% of the school population at this age stage in the city.

During this school year so far, 260 coaching sessions have been delivered to 1171 children across fifteen schools: Kaimhill, Airyhall, Hazelhead, Mile End, Broomhill St Joseph’s, Culter, Milltimber, Cults, Fernilea, Holy Family, Cornhill, Kingsford, Ashley Road and Kingswells.

It is expected that further schools will be added into the programme, next year following health week cricket sessions at several schools.

A celebration festival of cricket took place at Mannofield, the home of Aberdeenshire County Cricket Club today, and such is the demand for cricket, a second event will take place on 14 June.

The Redball programme, is based on Cricket Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence strategy and is designed to allow maximum participation, assist teachers and pupils to achieve curriculum outcomes, and ensure cricket is delivered in a fun and engaging way.

There are a number of key delivery stakeholders in this ambitious project, including Cricket Scotland and SportScotland, who have contributed to funding the necessary equipment.

Drum Property Group Finance Director Stuart Oag attended this year’s Festival. He said:

“It was brilliant to attend this year’s festival. Cricket was always very popular in the north east, but we had seen a real decline in participation. Redball has been a fantastic antidote, delivering hundreds of superbly coached sessions to thousands of kids across the city.

“In doing so, the pupils are getting outside and active, learning about different sports, which for some will appeal more than those traditionally associated with Scotland such as football or rugby.

“As a major developer – and investor – in Aberdeen we’re proud to be able to make this community investment, and we’re delighted to see it’s delivering encouraging results.”

Bob Buchan, Redball programme manager for Aberdeenshire Cricket Club adds:

“The support we receive from Drum Property Group is fantastic, given a basic concept of providing as many children as possible with the opportunity to experience cricket has allowed Aberdeenshire to build a programme that schools are keen to be involved in either through a 6-week coaching block, health week support or sports day activities.

“The festival days are a culmination of the work with the schools over the year and allow the children to put the skills they have learned into practice, everyone will participate on the day as it is all about getting the children involved and having fun.”