MEMBERS of a local cricket club have gone into bat for kids from multicultural backgrounds at risk of missing out on playing the sport.
The Voice of Tamils Cricket Club, Parramatta, in conjunction with Cricket NSW, are hosting an eight-week program designed at introducing those aged five to 12 to the game.
Aravinth Selventhiran is one of the club's representatives who co-ordinates and coaches during the clinic. He said the response has been overwhelming.
"I love cricket — I'm it's No.1 fan," he said.
"This program isn't about teaching them skills, we just do activities related to cricket. It's about coming along and having fun. This whole thing here runs for the kids in the Parramatta area.
"Every week we're getting more people and they seem to really be enjoying it."
Cricket NSW's Sam Almaliki said Cricket NSW was pleased to see the success of the program among multicultural families across Sydney, including the Toongabbie area.
"This is not just about engaging more children into cricket but also acting on a philosophy we have to facilitate inclusion, in addition to providing a pathway for a healthy lifestyle," he said.