Thursday 25th May saw the first DreamCricket Clinic held in the Gladstone Region at Calliope State School.
DreamCricket was initiated by Dr. Roly Bigg of the Movement Disorder Foundation and combined with the Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation. The aim was to provide primary school students with all levels of special needs an opportunity to play cricket activities, to get out and have a go and provide the same opportunities for all.
Clinics are conducted in schools as part of a cricket experience which culminates in a DreamCricket Day on a significant local oval.
Local high school students, carers and friends, and Rotarians are asked to give of their time to assist the participants with special needs. Volunteers are trained to facilitate and modify cricket activities to suit each participant. Therefore, each participant reaches success in achieving their personal best. They gain confidence through active participation in physical activities. It isn’t just the participants that gain from DreamCricket.
The activity facilitators, quite often high school students, rave about how ‘their kids’ were able to hit the target or swing the bat. The facilitators gain confidence in working with a variety of children with special needs, changing an activity for an individual to reach success and being assured that the participants are able and willing to ‘give-it-a-go’! Carers and Teachers also gain confidence in knowing that the children can participate in a sport outside of the classroom and that the wider community in which they live has gained a better understanding of what it means to have ‘special needs’. DreamCricket may have started as an activity geared towards primary school students with special needs. However, in the three years that it has been piloted many hundreds of people have been involved and have each gained personal satisfaction and confidence through their active participation.
“We are aiming to be able to hold clinics across all of the school in the Gladstone Region in the coming months. It is a huge privilege of mine to be the co-ordinator in this region for such a fantastic program. Having participated in the training and now to see the smiles and excitement in running a clinic ourselves, it really is so rewarding. I am extremely grateful to the Rotary clubs here in Gladstone, and to High Risk Solutions, that have provided enough funds to buy 5 kits to donate to schools and a traveling kit. These kits are around $600 each, so it is a great investment.”
DreamCricket Coordinator for Gladstone Region