Elderslie Public School opens new cricket nets

Howzat: The quality new cricket nets were officially opened at Elderslie Public School on Friday. Picture: Simon Bennett
Howzat: The quality new cricket nets were officially opened at Elderslie Public School on Friday. Picture: Simon Bennett

The next Meg Lanning or Pat Cummins could come from Elderslie Public School - and now they've got the tools to help them succeed.

The school opened brand new cricket training nets on Friday, giving young players the best opportunity to hone their craft in their own backyard.

Elderslie administration officer Simone Hahn said the nets were the result of strong partnerships between the school, the school's P and C, Cricket NSW, the Camden Cricket Club, Sydney Thunder and Dynamic Sports.

The new nets are worth just over $60,000.

"We had a teacher here, Nate Parsons, who had a great rapport with the Cricket Blast program which came out to the school," Hahn said.

"Then Cricket NSW suggested we should look into getting some nets. We were able to liaise with Camden Cricket Club and secure a few different grants which allowed us to take this on.

"Dynamic Sports installed the nets and bowling lanes and they were absolutely fantastic, and Kristy Rohrer from Cricket NSW who we worked with was also the biggest help."

Hahn said the school had been working on getting the nets since 2018, and it was wonderful to see them come to fruition.

"It's an amazing thing for our students, cricket is such a big part of the community," she said. "Now we've got fitness equipment, soccer posts and cricket nets - there are good spaces for every avenue that kids might want to get involved in. We hope these nets translate to our community and garner even more interest for kids to start playing the game."

A Cricket NSW spokeswoman said they were pleased to help deliver the new infrastructure for young cricketers.

"This is a fantastic example of the positive outcomes that can occur when multiple bodies are working together," she said.

"The relationship established between Camden Cricket Club and the school is invaluable for the growth of cricket in the region. Their determination to complete this project has been unwavering and the result is a testament to their hard work.

"We are looking forward to seeing the cricket stars of the future that Elderslie Public School produces."