DreamCricket is a program initiated by the Movement Disorder Foundation in conjunction with the Berrima District, Bowral-Mittagong and Moss Vale Rotary Clubs; the Bradman Foundation; the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and Northcott Disability Services. The program aims to provide primary school students (Years 3-6) with a disability (physical, sensory and/or intellectual), the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of cricket in a supportive and fun environment. Students are provided with positive feedback from staff and volunteers and are encouraged to provide the same support to their fellow students. Teamwork and co-operation between students is encouraged through a number of the activities used.
The program has an enormously powerful and positive impact on the students’ psychological well-being, building their self-confidence and improving their mood. However, in addition to this overwhelming benefit are those specific benefits that come with each of the individual drills (see Table One).
Each of the activities described have a number of variations in order to cater for the wide range of disabilities of the children participating. These include: replacing tennis balls with larger soccer balls or using bell balls for the visually impaired; adjusting the height of tees and using
To all the members of Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands associated with the organisation of the Dream Cricket Day.
Thank you very much for this wonderful day! The children and staff from the Crescent School had a day to remember and the children are still talking about it a week later.
Your careful organisation and the friendly atmosphere of the day was greatly appreciated. The meals were wonderful and the goodies the children received were very much enjoyed.We really appreciate the amount of hard work needed to make this day such a success and congratulate all those involved. We are greatly looking forward to the next Dream Cricket Day.
Kathy Searle, Assistant Principal
Moss Vale Primary School
A huge thank you to you two and all involved in yesterday's Dream Cricket Day. The kids had a wonderful time - as did the parents and staff involved. We were blown away by the generosity of the whole event! The children loved their backpacks full of great goodies and all the culinary treats on offer. The variety of activities worked well and the modified game was great fun (Fancy it being a draw between Moss Vale and Queanbeyan! Think we'll all be training before the next DCD!!)
Having "proper" umpires there added to the whole atmosphere as well as the "celebrities". Then, to cap it all off with their medals - great! From Moss Vale's perspective it was as much benefit to the parents as it was to the kids. We were privileged to be the recipients of so much planning and networking beforehand and effort on the day.
A combination of constantly counting heads, encouraging the kids and the opportunity to connect with the parents on a different level. Please pass on my thanks, on behalf of Moss Vale PS kids, parent and staff, for a fabulous day.With thanks,
John Kotlash, AP Support
Sanctuary Point Public School
Thank you very much for organising the Dream Cricket day, yesterday for the Students from Sanctuary Point, Budawang and Vincentia High Schools. Please pass on the thanks of the staff to all the volunteers who made it such a successful day.
I am thankful for the set up and the way your volunteers from the Rotary club were inclusive and understanding regarding the special needs of our students. It was a very successful day and the supervising teachers have expressed their thanks for all the hard work Rotary has put into this program.
We look forward to a visit next year and hope to open up the day to invite some of our more capable students to participate. I have asked a class to draft a letter to the club to formally thank you for your ongoing commitment to Dream Cricket at our school.Yours, John Kotlash
Frenchville State School
The DreamCricket session today was a big hit withour students. Thanks to members from the combined Rockhampton Rotary Clubs for bringing this exciting program to our students. We thank Rotarians and helpers Wayne, Graham, Bill, Maddie, Graeme, Judith, Craig, Alan and Michael - 'hit a six' with this event. Thanks to Mrs Sampson too for organising and supervising.
Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise
On May 26th 2017, the sun was shining and the weather was perfect and DreamCricket came to Bundaberg for the very first time. Bundaberg Special School was the location and approximately 55 students attended and participated very enthusiastically.
On the day, the students were broken up into groups and rotated around the course to have an equal go on each activity. By the end of the day, all students appeared to have plenty of fun and I believe even the teachers had their share of the enjoyment. The day came together with the assistance of Jeremy Coughran at Bundaberg Special School and he followed up the consent forms and consent for photo opportunities. Those whom had not provided consent for photos were provided a wrist band so this could be identified. This worked well as the number of students that had either declined photo opportunities or failed to return the appropriate consent were grouped together.
Two other members from the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise assisted with manning the different activities and DreamCricket Australia chairman Don Stephens and his lovely wife Majorie attended and ably assisted on the day, as they were touring around Queensland at the time. In moving forward, I am hoping to seek out more interest from other schools within the Bundaberg area in the coming year. Bundaberg Special School are interested in making this an annual feature of their curriculum. Overall I believe this was a success, however there are certainly things that can be improved in going forward and certainly hope DreamCricket will continue in Bundaberg in 2018 and beyond and aim for a potential gala day in the future.