The development of cricket is set to receive a big boost in 2016 with the launch of Kriketová akademie ČR. Please refer to that site, supported by Czech Cricket and run by our development director Chris Pearce, for more information.
Winners of the March 2014 U12 tournament, English International School Prague, with national team captain Vojta Haša (left) and development director Chris Pearce (photo: Mik Starý)
Cricket is currently regularly being played in: 3.základni škola Roudnice-nad-Labem, English College Prague (ECP), English International School Prague (EISP), Gymnazium Roudnice nad Labem, International School Prague (ISP), Métis základni škola, Prague British School, Riverside School
Plans to expand to: Beroun, České Budějovice, and other schools in Prague.
Next tournament: March 2016
Cricket can be a great game for girls also! (photo: Mik Starý)
Development Director Chris Pearce is working hard to organise many opportunities to raise the level of cricket among youths in the Czech Republic. Development of the sport is crucial: we see from the community we already have that this can be a really fun enjoyable game for people all over the country, and we look forward to expanding that community.
There are three main areas we focus on in Development:
- children's cricket
- outside Prague
Our coaches Dany Hudeček and Scott Page have helped to organise teams at international schools around Prague, and in 2013 we began a regular schedule of tournaments in March, May and November every year.
In 2012, Czech Cricket held its first games at Kriket Vinoř, an ICC-funded facility on the outskirts of northern Prague. This was a big step locally and we look forward to the development of that field, as well as the possibility of finding further options around Prague. Extra training facilities (nets) are a priority too, our current facilities are in heavy demand!
Cricket at a summer camp in the Czech Republic, Summer 2013 (photo: Scott Page)
Long-term the chance to introduce the game to children around the country will be available for teachers looking for an innovative solution during sport classes, and we hope to develop interest in groups of locals as we travel around. We have friends in Hradec Kralove, České Budějovice, Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava, Mikulov and Plzen and we know there is a more chance of finding a nice open green area in these areas than in Prague!
Generous donations and assistance from LV= SOS Kit Aid and Cricket Factory have enabled us to reach more children with entertaining resources (photo: Dan Casey)