Big Bash League (BBL) side Sydney Sixers will be back in the Great Lakes during the school holidays for their Beach Blast event at Forster Main Beach on Thursday, September 28.
Clinics will run across major centres in NSW, starting in Mona Vale on September 17. Tweed Heads, Ballina, Port Macquarie, Newcastle and the Central Coast will host similar clinics.
This year, the Sixers will team up with Surf Lifesaving NSW to incorporate important water safety messaging into each clinic.
Local surf lifesaving clubs will also add to the fun on the day with integrated activities complementing the beach themed community events.
Surf Live Saving NSW Chief Operating Officer Adam Weir said all involved with the clinics will take away not just cricket skills but lessons in water safety.
“We’re thrilled to team up with the Sydney Sixers and bring cricket to our beaches in the upcoming school holidays.
“Not only does it allow us to reinforce the importance of water safety heading in to the summer season, but it introduces a whole new group of children and their families to our surf clubs to showcase the fantastic work done of our members.
“We hope that everyone who takes part in the Beach Blast clinics take away a few important lessons about not only running between the wickets, but also always swimming between the red and yellow flags,” he said.
Children attending the clinic will get to experience all the fun of the Big Bash with music, fun and entertainment all part of the program while learning the skills of cricket in the Milo T20 Blast program.
While the program is free for children aged between seven and 12, registrations are required to secure spaces with a high demand in each city expected.
Only 100 spots per stop are available.
The first 50 children to register will also receive a pair of Sydney Sixers sunglasses.
Sixers general manager Dominic Remond said the Beach Blast was fast becoming a must-do September school holiday activity across NSW and encouraged all children in the Great Lakes to get involved in the summer of cricket.
“The response from last year’s Beach Blast was overwhelming and we are delighted to be able to build it into our regular calendar of activity.
“Access to the beaches and the ability to play Australia’s favourite sport in such a traditional summer setting has been key to ensuring the success of the program and we are thankful that the councils have been so supportive.
“We are excited to be able to come to some of our regional centres and bring a bit of Big Bash to the area,” Mr Remond said.
The Sixers thanked MidCoast Council for its support of the initiative.
Registrations are open now via sydneysixers.com.au/beachblast.