Taking part in sports is essential for children as it reduces stress and enhances their mood, builds healthy bones and muscles, increases fitness, improves sleep, helps them socialise, develops cooperation skills, boosts self-confidence, fosters sportsmanship, disciplines the child, gets the child outdoors, and is critical for personality development.
With these objectives in mind, the Multicultural Communities of Australia (MCA), in association with South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) and Fitzroy Community Club (FCC) organised the Junior Cricket World Cup 2019, on Sunday, 22 September at the Fitzroy Community Club, Renown Park (Adelaide), South Australia.
The day commenced with an Opening Ceremony, in which all participating teams Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka were present, holding their National Flags. Afterward, the matches began, teams, managers, coaches, support staff, world cup administrators and the spectators took a lunch, amidst the downpour. In the end, the closing ceremony was held, in which two Redbacks players were interviewed as an inspiration for young kids. Furthermore, cultural dances, photo-sessions, certificate distribution to players, managers, coaches and other key stakeholders, were presented.
This Junior World Cup couldn’t be written as a “Success Story” without listing the contributions from individuals and their hard work. Amongst them, Deepak Bhardwaj Director of MCA, led the way, and spoke about social cohesion, addressing the need for inclusiveness for all communities and community members. Saru Rana, a social activist, aggrandised gender representation by having girls registration mandatory in each team to promote the gender equality in sports among the multicultural communities.
Inclusion and diversity leader Matt Lucas and Alex Guy of SACA were iconic in the whole tale and guided the team throughout this event.
Cricket Australia also showcased the Original ICC T20, 2020 World Cup Trophy, for both men and women, making it a great photo opportunity for the little cricket fans and their family members.
This was the first ever initiative of holding a Junior Cricket World Cup for kids Under-10 and Under-12. The Junior Cricket World Cup was a matchless demonstration of social cohesion, brotherhood, harmony, peace and love, in the region.