The Bavarian International School, situated 20 km north of Munich is set to offer cricket as part of its after-school activities programme in the new school year.
ECB level 2 coaches Keith Matthews and Tahir Farid, together with Level 1 assistant coaches Chris Neath and Marcus Matthews have supported regular Saturday morning sessions. With a clear emphasis on introducing cricket within a fun and supportive environment, young cricketers are drawn from a school community of over 40 nations. All the core skills to play in a competitive environment are integrated into this activity.
As part of this commitment, BIS has supported the use of its sports facilities to hold the Munich Youth Cricket ‘Bavaria’ Cup held each year in early March. BIS has been pleased to compete in all the age levels of U9s, U12s and U15s, and gained much from meeting teams from as far as Austria, Luxemburg, Switzerland and Slovakia. In April this year BIS kindly allowed use of both classroom and sports hall facilities to enable a Level 1 coach course to be held.
Keith said that one of the roots of success had lay in the fact that the School Athletic Director, Aisling Moss, had included cicket as one of her sports modules during her training back in Canada. Whilst it is still considered to be early days, everyone is pleased to see that cricket is now part of the BIS annual sports awards, and that with this increased exposure it will hopefully lead to even wider interest from the extended community.