BSP School Kriket aims high for 2016

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BSP Relationship Manager Karai Morea attempt a drive on the first ball to launch the BSP School Kriket Program.

The School Kriket Programme has provided an opportunity of children to be introduced to the sport of Cricket, and encouraging girls to participate.

Front (L-R) BSP Relationship Manager Karai Morea and CricketPNG Operations Manager Gayan Loku with students of Pari Primary School

Leading Junior Sport Development Program, BSP School Kriket Programme received K400, 000, sponsorship from Bank South Pacific for 2016.

The Bank was pleased to renew its sponsorships for the next 3 years and continue to support Cricket PNG.

The programme managed by Cricket PNG (CPNG), continues to be the leading junior sports development programme in Papua New Guinea (PNG), reaching over 150, 000 children in 2015.

The School Kriket Programme has provided an opportunity of children to be introduced to the sport of Cricket, and encouraging girls to participate.

In 2015, 235 schools were visited and 111 clinics were held to teach the basic cricket technics of batting, bowling and fielding.

The BSP School Kriket Blast, also part of the BSP School Kriket Program, is formatted as a one-day soft ball interschool cricket competition. The BSP Kriket Blast is played during the term break and last year over 5, 500 students across 10 provinces took part. CPNG aims to reach 6,000 participants this year.

Cricket PNG Operations Manager Gayan Loku announced these ambitious targets during the official launch of the 2016 season of the BSP School Kriket Programme today at the Pari Primary School.

He attributed the success and growth of cricket development to hard work, commitment and stability of the Cricket PNG Administration and the strong support from BSP.

“We are very confident of another successful year in the BSP School Kriket Programme; we will also be looking at improving the programme to cater for the different needs of students, teachers and volunteers throughout the year,” he said.

BSP Relationship Manager Karai Morea attempt a drive on the first ball to launch the BSP School Kriket Program.
BSP Relationship Manager Karai Morea attempt a drive on the first ball to launch the BSP School Kriket Program.

He added, that Cricket PNG would continue to strive, to be the leading Junior Sports Development program, in PNG and also in the East Asia Pacific (EAP) Region.

CPNG plans to conduct more teacher education programmes, so teachers are be able to run the program. We are also encouraging cricket associations around the country, to be involved.

BSP Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking, Karai Morea, said the programme is not only about extending the reach, developing and encouraging participation of cricket; it encourages children and communities to lead active, healthy lifestyles, and instils values such as respect and team work.

“The BSP School Kriket’s success speaks for itself and we are delighted and committed to sustain the programme among children and communities, and we applaud the tireless efforts by the Cricket PNG team, its Regional Cricket Managers, and Development staff,” Karai Morea added.

BSP School Kriket Programme is recognised and was awarded the best Overall Development Program in the ICC Regional – East Asia Pacific (EAP) Awards in three consecutive years 2011-2013

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ABOUT BSP SCHOOL KRIKET

  • The BSP School Kriket Programme has been awarded the best Overall Development Program in the ICC Regional (EAP) Awards in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Four consecutive years.
  • In 2010 and 2011 the programme won the Best Junior Initiative ICC Regional (EAP) Awards, and went on to win the same for the Global Awards.
  • Six from the 14 men Under 19 squad have come through the BSP School Kriket program
  • Seven from the 15 men PNG Men’s A team have come through the BSP School Kriket program
  • This year BSP has increased its sponsorship up to K400, 000 for the program
  • BSP has been proud to support the development of cricket since 2009
  • In 2015, it reached more than 150,543 children.
  • In 2015, reached 10 regional centres, visited 235 schools and 111 coaching clinics.
  • BSP School Kriket programme plans to reach 150,000 children this year.
  • Apart from 150,000, CPNG will target an additional 6, 000 children in the BSP School Kriket Blast which is part of the programme.
  • BSP commits more than K300, 000 in sponsorship and an additional K100, 000 for equipment.
  • BSP staff at all 42 branches throughout PNG, also provides support in delivering The BSP School Kriket Programme.

 

ABOUT BSP

Our Commitment to PNG is growing. The BSP Group employs 4000+ people across PNG and the South Pacific and services more locations and provides more ways of convenient banking in PNG than any other bank.

  • 42 Branches
  • 13 Premium Service Centres
  • 42 Sub Branches
  • 226 Agents
  • 301 ATMs
  • 12,000+ EFTPoS

With millions invested in new facilities and technology to make banking easier, new improved services on the way and a growing network of conveniently located banking agencies, Express and Priority Banking and Premium Lounges, our commitment to PNG is stronger than ever.

And so is our interest in the future with our continued and growing investment in a diverse range of community projects and health and well-being programmes to designed to help others grow.

FOR MORE INFORMATION – CONTACT

Barney Pondros | PR & Communication Manager | Telephone: 305 7877 | Email: bpondros@bsp.com.pg

Julie Fraser | Head of Marketing & PR | Telephone: 305 7141 | Email: jfraser@bsp.com.pg

Website: www.bsp.com.pg

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