Promoting Cricket at Grassroot Level
The Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) has reached over 1,500 students as part of its grassroots programme which started last week. The programme was initiated in collaboration with UNICEF Bhutan and targeted some 40 schools in Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue, Punakha, Sarpang, and Chukha districts.
Most students who took part in the programme were first timers. Despite that, they learnt the skills with so much enthusiasm and eagerness.
“Playing this, I feel really lucky and proud because in our day to day life we don’t get such type of opportunity,” said a student of Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School, Kuenden Rabgay.
Some other students echoed similar opinions.
“Firstly I love this game because I love playing with balls. So, I am loving this game. Secondly, I am happy to have this great opportunity,” said Divya Rai, also a student from Lungtenzampa MSS.
Eight coaches from the Bhutan cricket team are leading the grassroots programme. They introduced the students to the basics of batting, bowling, fielding and team work with the hope of promoting the game of cricket at the grassroot level.
“We are trying to introduce cricket in different schools so that cricket can progress,” said Dechen Wangmo, Grassroots Coach with the Bhutan Cricket Council Board.
Over the weekend, the programme reached close to 800 students at the Sarpang Lower Secondary School and over 100 students at the Punakha Central School. The programme will conclude by the end of this month.
By Sherub Dorji (This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)