Cricket was played at Markham College (the original British School in Lima) from 1960 to 1980. However, very little junior cricket had been developed in Peru since then.
Since 2008, Cricket Peru has been rekindling interest in the British Schools as well as in outreach development programs in state schools in less affluent neighbourhoods:
- Markham College officially runs a cricket programme for junior boys and girls using coaches provided by Cricket Peru. With the aid of ICC Development Grants, the playing fields of the Upper School now boast an artificial pitch – the setting for the 2011 ICC Americas (South) Under-15 Championship – and a net.
- Cambridge College in the south of Lima now has an artificial cricket wicket, built with an ICC Development Grant, and this is to be used by the students, as well as providing an excellent training facility for the adults and kids.
- Victor Maldonado State School: We have worked with Victor Maldonado for 4 years now providing free classes within the school while also funneling the students out to our free after school classes in Magdalena.
- Madre Loreto State School: We have also worked with Madre Loreto for 3 years now entering into their physical education classes and teaching their teachers and students how to play cricket.
- Clinton Rodham: For the past 2 and a half years we have worked with Clinton Rodham doing programs and events within the school using the baseball pitch EL OLIVAR.
In April, 2010, Cricket Peru had the honour of hosting the inaugural Cricket South America Under-13 Boys Championship, at the Lima Cricket Club. The inexperienced Peru team, led by Sjoerd de Witt, scored a nail-biting victory over Chile in the Twenty20 competition, and the Peru ‘Vicuñas’ won the Cricket Veloz 7-a-side trophy.
An Under-13 and Under-17 tournament are now a regular, annual fixture, with the venues alternating between the participant South American nations, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and now Mexico. Since the successful 2010 tournament, Lima has hosted in 2011 and 2015 and now will host again in September of 2019.
In the beginning of our development programs we saw many of the representatives of the Peruvian team being from Private schools,
However, a change began with the 2016 Under-13 junior tournament in Poços de Calda, Brazil, which saw the first fruits of Cricket Peru’s junior outreach programme being borne. Three of the team were from our outreach development program in Magdalena del Mar, which has been the location of twice-weekly coaching sessions for girls and boys – in conjunction with the Municipality of Magdelana from 2015 until present.
With the support of Peru’s Instituto Peruano del Deporte, coaching programmes also started in a number of Lima’s less affluent neighbourhoods, including San Juan de Lurigancho and Villa Maria del Triunfo, Jesus Maria, Pueblo Libre, San Miguel and Comas.
Cricket Peru also struck up a partnership with the Britanico English Teaching Institute from which we now run 2 weekly classes in San Miguel and San Juan de Lurigancho to young adults from the ages of 16-25 which has helped to brigde the age gap and provide more players for the Under 17, adult male and open age female national teams.
Through our outreach development programs we have sourced even more Peruvian national players over the past 3 years and are bridging the socio-economic gaps amongst Peruvian cricketers.