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CRIC-KIDS steps up to the wicket

Cricket is the first of three Women’s World Cups to be held in New Zealand over the next two years and ākonga across the country can get involved with the tournament through the CRIC-KIDS programme. 

CWC2022 has put the programme together to help schools and kura use the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup as a context for learning, from term 4 this year through to the end of term 1 in 2022. 

Central to the programme is the CRIC-KIDS resource booklet. The booklet is published in te reo Māori and English, with each version including 45 tasks for teachers to pick and choose from for their classroom programmes. 

Tasks are targeted at Years 3 through 8 and span the breadth of learning areas in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and The New Zealand Curriculum. 

The resource booklet is supported by a set of activations during the cup itself. The first 1,000 schools and kura that register for the programme will receive a CWC22-branded cricket set for their school. 

For schools and kura that decide to run their own tournaments, there is an offer of branded bunting and other engaging collateral to bring their tournaments to life. 

“This initiative is an awesome way for teachers and students from all over the country to get amongst the World Cup action – even if this is their first time engaging with cricket,” says White Ferns player Lea Tahuhu. 

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket is also beginning to work with rugby, football and yachting, and a cluster of teachers to design how it engages with schools on an ongoing basis once the World Cup is over. 

“We will be combining lessons learned from the CRIC-KIDS programme with our service design journey with schools and kura in the Waikato region and across New Zealand, 

to evolve how we engage with schools into the future,” explains Kent Stead, head of community cricket at New Zealand Cricket. 

We’ve set up a project called ‘In Our Backyard’ to help cricket, rugby, football and yachting to reinvent how they engage with schools and kura as a legacy of hosting their respective major events in Aotearoa.

Raelene Castle

Find out more about CRIC-KIDS 

Read more about In Our Backyard projects