PRIMARY schoolchildren in the Borders were treated to an exclusive coaching session with two Scotland cricket internationals last week in a bid to get more local youngsters to take up the sport.
National squad players Gordon Drummond and Ryan Flannigan, from Kelso, pitched up at the Burgh Primary School in Galashiels ahead of the launch of the Asda Kwik Cricket Competition in Scotland.
Throughout the country schools are being introduced to the game through the initiative which last year involved 5,000 children.
This year, the Scotland final will take place at Dovecote Park in Perth on June 14, after which the Scottish champions will be invited to the UK final that will take place on July 20 at Derby County’s ground against the best 15 other schools in the UK.
Drummond told TheSouthern: “‘We had a fantastic morning at Burgh Primary school to launch the 2011 ASDA Primary School Cup in Scotland. Both myself and Ryan really enjoyed the coaching session and I’m hopeful the kids did too.
“I firmly believe that this competition is a great way of spotting future cricket talent and I would urge every primary school in the Borders to get involved.”
While Asda have already cooperated with Cricket Scotland in the last few years to secure the support and development of the competition, this year they became Cricket Scotland’s official partner.
Steve Paige, head of community development at Cricket Scotland, commented: “We are delighted to have that support and hope that their involvement will continue to help us grow the game in Scotland.
“The sportsmatch funding we received recently is definitely an extra bonus to the backing we have already received from Asda and is really beneficial for our partnership.”
Asda stores across the country attend their local kwik cricket festivals, where they hand out healthy snacks and drink to keep the young players refreshed.
For more information please visit www.asda.com/kwikcricket or contact Monika Orolinova on 02077 592072.