The Rev. Thomas Clegg Methodist 1 Basic School at Kaneshie had the honour of hosting the entire Okaikoi South Sub Metro Schools as the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA) in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service launched the Project Wildfire on Friday, October 5, 2018.
Project Wildfire, which is to initiate the Wild widespread of the sport of Cricket in the Sub Metro, other parts of the Capital City and the entire country was attended by the Headmaster and staff of the school, the Metro PE coordinator as well as Officers of the GCA, with hundreds of pupils who showed the desire to learn the sport.
The pupils in the Sub Metro after the Official launch were taken through the basic skills of bowling, batting and fielding. Assisting the national coaches and Development Officers of GCA were some players of the national U19 team in demonstrating how the game is played.
The Launch will be followed by series of programs such as Training the Trainers, mass coaching of pupils, CAP courses and leagues that will spread the sport wild, like fire in Ghana, as the second most watched game in the World which has existed in Ghana since the 1900’s.
Vice-captain of the current U-19 National team, Richmond Baaleri shared his story on how he got into the National team to encourage all the pupils.
One of the beneficiaries, who confirmed to the media that he has been watching the sport only on TV expressed his joy after having the experience of holding the bat.
“I have not played Cricket before but I always watch it on tv and I didn’t know that it will come to my school. The game is very nice to play, and if you know how to play it, you’ll take it far. I want everybody to see that, I also know how to play it.”
President of the Ghana Cricket Association, Kwame Asare tells Herosportsgh.com, they will need financial support to get more Volunteers to achieve their target.
“It has been quite fruitful and insightful and we are happy with the development. We are only hoping to be able to go through every activity that we have projected. Acquiring more volunteers for this project boils down to funding”.
The Schools in the Sub Metro were then given equipment which will aid their frequent practice as the Metro coordinator promised to involve Cricket in their extracurricular activities.
Ghana has been champions in U-13, U-15 and U-17 in West Africa.