Antrim kids bowled over by coaching project

Community groups in Antrim are being encouraged to sign up for a free cross community cricket coaching programme being funded by the Housing Executive.

Local children taking part in the first cricket coaching session in Antrim, thanks to a new programme funded by the Housing Executive. Also pictured are members of Townparks North Community Group with cricket coach, Avadoot Dandekhar (centre middle row) from Muckamore Cricket and Tennis Club; John Read (back row centre) Housing Executive Good Relations Officer and Gerard Lewsley, (back row centre right) Supporting Communities.

Professional cricketer, Avadoot Dandekhar, will run fun and inclusive sessions over a six-week period for young people aged eight to 16-years-old.

There was a great response to the first of the sessions, which took place last week.

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The coaching sessions will be used to promote good relations among youths from the areas of Town Parks North, Steeple, Rathenraw, Ballycraigy, Parkhall, Stiles and Greystone.

Organiser Ryan Haire, from Muckamore Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club, said: “Community groups will receive coaching for two hours per day, one day a week, for six weeks and, we will come to you so there won’t be any travelling involved.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to learn a new sport or build on existing skills. I would urge local groups to get in touch soon as there are still some places available.

“We would like to thank the Housing Executive for its funding and support, this is a pilot programme but there are plans to roll it out further across the Antrim town area during the summer.”

Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, John Read, said: “We are delighted to support this programme which will help to build positive relationships between young people across Antrim.”

For further details email Ryan Haire on [email protected]