From humble beginnings
DreamCricket was initiated by Dr Roly Bigg of the Movement Disorder Foundation in concert with the Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation. The aim was to provide primary school students with special needs an opportunity to play cricket activities on Bradman Oval. The DreamCricket program has grown to encompass schools and children throughout Australia and internationally.
Volunteers make us tick
DreamCricket is a program for special need children driven by Rotary members. The Bowral-Mittagong branch of of the Southern Highland Rotarians were the first to volunteer as part of their humanitarian services to the community. Clinics are conducted in schools as part of a cricket experience which culminates in a DreamCricket Gala Day on a significant local oval.
DreamCricket clinics and gala days require a great deal of commitment from the communities in which they are held. Local high school students, carers and friends, and Rotarians are asked to give of their time to assist the participants with special needs. Volunteers are trained to facilitate and modify cricket activities to suit each participant. Therefore each participant reaches success in achieving their personal best. They gain confidence through active participation in physical activities. It isn’t just the participants that gain from DreamCricket.
Confidence through active participation.
The activity facilitators, quite often high school students, rave about how ‘their kids’ were able to hit the target or swing the bat. The facilitators gain confidence in working with a variety of children with special needs, are able to modify an activity for each participant to ensure personnel success and challenge those that are able and willing to ‘give-it-a-go’! Carers and teachers also gain confidence in knowing that the children can participate in a sport outside of the classroom and that the wider community in which they live has gained a better understanding of what it means to have ‘special needs’. DreamCricket may have started as an activity geared towards primary school students with special needs. Many hundreds of people have been involved and have each gained personal satisfaction and confidence through their active participation.