REGIONAL NEWS: Batley Children Gain ECB Accreditation in Local Cricket Course

Around 70 boys and girls took part in this year’s IMWS Indoor Cricket Coaching course achieving ECB accreditations for their hard work.

The course this year featured a dedicated session for girls and as a result 12 girls took part for the very first time.

At a well-attended presentation afternoon last Saturday, Chair of the Indian Muslim Welfare Society (IMWS), Mohamed Mulla, said he was “delighted to have been able to extend the cricket coaching to girls” and hopes to build on this years success.

An echoed sentiment across all the key speakers on the day was the hope for future England stars to emerge and play at the highest level.

Omar Rafik from Kirklees young peoples’ Services said the success of these coaching sessions, which are in partnership with Kirklees Council, have already been seen with many cricketers from the early groups playing regularly for local clubs. He thanked the parents and the children for making this year another successful year.

As always the IMWS hopes these sessions can be part of developing a young cricketer to go on and represent county and country at the highest level and are delighted to have had a positive impact on so many lives.
Since its start around eight years ago the coaching sessions have worked with over 500 young children and become a rock in the annual calendar.

Children attained Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, which were presented along with an IMWS trophy at a ceremony held at the Al-Hikmah Centre. The afternoon celebrations also included a mouth-watering meal to crown off another successful year.

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