Youth Program Continues Expansion in Magdalena

Tags:, ,   Posted on: May 9th, 2015

Hallett Milagrosa

Steve Hallett overseas a training session at Medalla Milagrosa Primary School (photo: Tom Mortimer)

Cricket Peru is proud to have extended their youth development program to the Augusto Pérez Araníbar Orphanage and Medalla Milagrosa School in Magdalena del Mar, Lima.

Cricket Peru’s Head of Development, Steve Hallett, headed up a team comprising Lourdes Bautista, Julian Walter, Miles Buesst, Rob Middleton, and Tom Mortimer, on the organisation’s first visit to Puericultorio Augusto Pérez Araníbar last Sunday, 3rd May, 2015.

Roughly 40 youngsters were on hand for their first cricket lesson. As is common in South America, many were entirely unfamiliar with the sport … or had it confused with the oddly-recognised leisure activity of croquet!

Our team proceeded to host a highly successful two hours of introductory activities and games all the same. The classes mixed instruction with fielding drills and small sided games.

Fun was of course the top priority, and the group undeniably enjoyed the opportunity to try their hand at a novel sport. But some remarkable natural talent was also on display, with many recruits showing off bullet throws and power hitting to make seasoned players blush.

Best of all, Cricket Peru will provide further Sunday classes, for the benefit of more of Puericultorio Augusto Pérez Araníbar’s 360 children, over the coming weeks and months.

We have also established a partnership with Medalla Milagrosa Primary School, just down the road from the orphanage in Magdalena. 

Following the success of a trial week, Hallett and Mortimer will provide a full day of classes every Tuesday, to three groups of children aged 6 through to 15.

Whilst the students of Medella Milagrosa are no more familiar with the principles of our game, we have been just as pleased with their enthusiasm and spirit.

Thomas Mortimer
6 May 2015