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ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Launches National Schools Program

Meg Lanning, Will Puckovski & Elyse Villani with South Melbourne park primary school
Meg Lanning, Will Puckovski & Elyse Villani with South Melbourne park primary school
©Jack Clark (Cricket Australia)

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 has today launched a national schools program, freely available to every one of the more than 9000 schools across the country, and aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Schools Program, designed for primary and secondary students aged 5-16, has been developed in conjunction with Cricket Australia and industry experts to deliver classroom-based learning outcomes.

Units have been specifically developed to leverage Australian Cricket’s current offerings and therefore go beyond putting bats and balls in students’ hands by catering to identified teacher needs.

With two major world events coming to Australia in 2020 – in the form of standalone women’s and men’s ICC T20 World Cups – the schools program is an opportunity to educate and inspire the next generation. Australian Cricket will be able to build on the program from 2021 onwards, to help ensure the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 has a positive lasting impact on the game in Australia.

Teachers can register for the program today at schools.t20worldcup.com, with learning materials provided free of charge and available to implement from term four, 2019.

Curriculum content will feature current and former Australian and international players with the program structure to contain three learning units;

  • Unit 1: Wellbeing (Personal and Community) - Students will learn about the five domains of wellbeing and apply knowledge that is aligned to peak performance required for elite cricket
  • Unit 2: Inspiring Women and Girls - Students will learn about and showcase stories of empowering and inspirational women and girls
  • Unit 3: Build Your Own World Cup - Students will learn about the cultures of the competing teams as well as practical project management skills through building their own T20 World Cup, including collaboration and enterprise

Units have been developed to cover themes identified in the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, which will enhance whole-of-child development.

Beyond the classroom, teachers will be able to ‘opt in’ to a schools ticketing program that will give students across the country the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of women’s and men’s ICC T20 World Cup 2020 matches, with up to 75,000 tickets allocated for use across both tournaments.

Australian player Elyse Villani and Melbourne Renegades star Dan Christian will play an active role in getting schools registered as program ambassadors.

Villani, herself a school teacher prior to becoming a full-time cricketer, said;

“I’m proud to be an ambassador for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Schools Program. As a teacher myself, it’s brilliant that kids around the country will have the opportunity to learn, whilst at the same time celebrate that Australia will host two World Cups.

“I’m particularly excited the students will learn about inspirational women and girls, as the T20 World Cup aims to set a new benchmark for sport.”

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO Nick Hockley said;

“We passionately believe in the power of major sporting events to deliver positive impacts. Over the last 18 months, we’ve worked with education experts, teachers and Australian Cricket to design a world-class schools program, freely accessible to every school in Australia.”

“Not only will ICC T20 World Cup 2020 be a spectacular celebration of cricket, but it will have positive lasting impact well beyond the boundary.”

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