A new sports program for children of all abilities has been launched by the Bradman Foundation.
Bradman Foundation executive director Rina Hore announced a new partnership with Highlands charity Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids on April 29.
The KKKK made a donation to fund a Bradman Foundation’s Cricket Officer, to deliver 40 one-hour sessions at public high schools to engage students of all abilities through the exhilaration that playing sport provides.
The program is designed to entice students to have a go, laugh and share new experiences with their peers in a non-threatening environment.
The new Coverdrive program will aim to develop students’ social skills in a sporting environment.
KKKK committee members Garry Turland and Gary Avis presented a cheque for $ 21,000 to Bradman Foundation chairman Maurice Newman and director Christine Holman during the Chairman’s Luncheon at the Bradman Foundation in April.
Ms Hore informed guests about the early success which has been achieved so far.
More than 50 students from Moss Vale and Bowral High Schools, along with Tangara Special School have started attending the weekly sessions.
“It’s fabulous that we have been able to provide a place and time when these special support students can experience the thrill of achieving a sporting goal,” Ms Hore said.
“Whether it is as simple as kicking a football, taking a catch, hitting a tennis ball or hitting a boundary, the joy of participation and celebration is infectious and enjoyable for all involved.”
Ms Hore said the financial support from KKKK was critical to ensure the Bradman Foundation could provide the weekly sessions on an ongoing basis.
“The benefit to our local community and these students will be seen for many years to come,” she said.
Coverdrive, playing for a brighter future, was designed to use sport based activities and values and teach key social skills that are considered important for ensuring successful classroom and social interactions.
The program will aim to build self-esteem and confidence, improve cooperation skills and encourage risk taking and decision making.
The Bradman Foundation will share its coaching expertise, resources and facilities at Bradman Oval to provide participation opportunities for public school students who would not normally be able to experience sport.
The program will run over four terms for children aged 10-17 who require support socially, mentally and physically.
To learn more about the Coverdrive program and the partnership with KKKK, visit http://www.bradman.com.au/ or call 4862 1247.