More than 180 children participated in the inaugural Redball Cricket Festival, held at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club (ACC) in Mannofield, Aberdeen on Thursday 15 June.
The Redball Programme was created by ACC and Drum Property Group as an in-school cricket programme, allowing children aged nine to 11 to benefit from the opportunity to learn and play cricket. The Festival saw children from five local primary schools come together to show off their new found cricketing skills and play matches against each other.
The Redball programme is based on Cricket Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence strategy, and is designed to allow maximum participation, assist teachers and students to achieve curriculum outcomes, whilst ensuring cricket is delivered in a fun and engaging way.
During the past year, the programme has delivered 246 coaching sessions for 859 children. The summer of 2017 saw another five primary schools receive coaching, extending the programme to nine schools as it continues to expand in the city.
As a direct result of Redball two schools (Kaimhill and Hazelhead) have signed up to a partnership with ACC through Cricket Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence program. Through this partnership, Cricket Scotland has delivered activity in the schools to further embed cricket into the school gym sessions.