Temuka Cricket Club's endeavours to increase junior playing numbers has been helped by a $1500 grant to buy new gear.
The ANZ cricket grant scheme has already helped at the Celtic Cricket Club juniors in a previous round. The Temuka club this year has managed to field two teams of eager young players, which is one more than the previous season.
In their application Temuka said the gear the kids have to use is over a decade old and limits their chances to practise and play to the best of their ability.
Marshall Stoddart, who made the application, said the grant will make a huge difference to the club.
"It's just awesome. Having the right equipment means we can continue to support younger players at the club and hopefully attract a few more to get involved."
ANZ branch manager Margaret Stowell says the bank launched the programme to help New Zealanders get the most out of their favourite summer game.
"We hear of keen cricketers from all around the country who love the game but struggle to reach their full potential due to a lack of gear or equipment. We want to help change that.
"We were really impressed with Temuka Cricket Club's passion for junior cricket."
ANZ is awarding $100,000 in cricket grants to schools, clubs, social teams and players, for more information see www.anzcricketworld.co.nz.
- The Timaru Herald