Cooks cricket has just completed a week-long Boomtown cricket programme in Muri targeted at the next generation of 5 to13 year old super stars.
The sessions attracted between 80and 90 kids a day, with 143 youngsters registered for the duration of the fun event.
Cricket’s chief executive officer, Alister Stevic says they were overwhelmed by the support they had received.
“The kids were obviously a lot of fun and we want to thank the parents for being proactive and getting their kids ready and on the free bus in the mornings.
“The level of support we received from the wider community was also brilliant with so many people and businesses chipping in to make the programme a success. The Computer Man, Hori Signs, India High Commission, Northern District Cricket and Cricket Express all helped us with free bats for the kids.
“Local artist Tim Buchannan helped with illustrations for certificates and the media’s coverage of the programme all added to a great week of cricket.”
Stevic says they received unexpected support from others in the community too.
“Mona and Amoa More and the Avana club chipped in with food for the kids, Carlene Mapu and the Muri club helped us with the use of the field and its facilities and even Papa Rex helped out with mowing the wickets!”
Also impressive to Cook Islands Cricket was increased interest and support from the clubs, with players and club officials Nauma Atiau (Tupapa), Iro Mararo and Marii Kaukura from the Matavera club, Margaret Simiona (Avana), Daena Kataina, Bundi Mato and Tina Mato (Muri) and Ake Tuaputa all volunteering their time to help.
The enthusiastic coaches were highlight of the week for the children, with Tekura Kaukura, Phillica Maruariki, Jasmanda Tuaputa and Memory Kauvai doing a tremendous job coaching and entertaining the kids.
Stevic says Cook Islands Cricket is working on another junior cricket programme soon, after parents asked for more activities.
“Parents have asked for more junior cricket and soon.
“That’s wonderful because it means both the parents and the kids are loving their cricket, which is music to our ears!”