Cricket – new game to Thang Long children

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 @ 2:00 pm | Charity

Cricket doesn’t seem to be a popular game in Vietnam and I bet only a few of you have even heard of the sport. So let me tell you a little about it.

The game of cricket has a known history spanning from the 16th century to the present day, with international matches played since 1844, although the official history of internatio

nal Test cricket began in 1877. During this time, the game developed from its origins in England into a game which is now played professionally i

n most of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Cricket is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players. Each team has its own captain, multiple batsmen, multiple bowlers and other players acting as fielders. It is a bat-and-ball game played on a roughly elliptical grass field, in the centre of which is a flat strip, called a pitch.

Children from Thang Long school (belonging to Saigon Children Charity) last 2nd November at RMIT university, had a chance to witness cricket players from Australia, Sri Lanka, India and the UK practice, compete and last but not least, enjoy a clinic where they also learn how to play.

They were taught some of the fundamentals of batting, bowling and fielding, before taking to the field themselves. While playing the game, the children learned te

amwork skills, developed the proactive and ambitious spirit of an athlete and enhance their overall communication skills.

Representative from DHL – the key sponsor for the Saigon Cricket Tournament said that, as a leader of the express and logistics industry, DHL supports sporting events and is dedicated to fostering the healthy development of children and, consequently, of society. This is also in line with DHL’s regional initiative, Supporting Future Generations, which aims to ensure children and youth have access to quality education, healthcare and a sustainable environment.

At the end of the afternoon, we felt the same way when seeing the radiant faces of all children presented with sporting equipment, courtesy of DHL.

On the bus back to school, Ms. Thi, a teacher from the school also told me that the kids really had fun that day. For some reason, the school doesn’t have many outdoor activities for the kids like tha

t. This is a good way to enhance the sport’s spirit for them and it was also a change for them to play together as a team which is the spirit of the game.

Van Anh



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