BSP Financial Group Limited (BSP) and Cricket PNG (CPNG) officially launched the global award winning junior cricket development program the, ‘BSP School Kriket’, at the Amini Cricket Park last Friday May 6th, 2022 in Port Moresby.
This year marks the 13th year of BSP and CPNG partnership in hosting the programme that involves elementary, primary and secondary schools in the country.
At the launch last Friday, number of schools in NCD including Kilakila Secondary school, Bavaroko Primary School, St Charlse Lwanga Secondary School, Pari Elementary schools and Tokarara Primary school turned-up at the Amini Cricket Park to witness the launch.
BSP NCD Area Manager Dennis Lamus when speaking at the launch said, “BSP is pleased to continue its partnership with Cricket PNG in expanding the leading junior sports development programme in PNG and the South Pacific, reaching out to thousands of children each year.”
“We are proud that few of the current Barramundi’s and Lewa’s National teams started their journey in this BSP School Cricket program, which has reached over 180,000 participants in 12 provinces in the country,” added Lamus.
“We commend Cricket PNG for the success and growth of this leading junior cricket development programme for their hard work, commitment and stability in driving the programme,” he said.
BSP NCD Area Manager Dennis Lamus and Cricket PNG General Manager Greg Campbell with students, the Lewas & Barramundis reps at the launch.
Cricket PNG General Manager Greg Campbell said, “The program is very beneficial not only to schools but the communities as well for education, health and wellness.
“The BSP School Kriket Program is focused on developing boys and girls’ participation in cricket, and over the years the numbers have increased to 180,000 participants to date. In 2021, despite the global pandemic – COVID-19, Cricket PNG reached over 98,000 participants by hosting 140 clinics and engaged 170 schools through the programme,” said Campbell.
“We are very grateful for BSP in being the greatest supporter of this program in the last 13 years and wish to continue building young talents through the BSP School Kriket program into the PNG National men and Women’s team,” Campbell added.
Since 2009, BSP has invested K4.6 million in total for the program with K430, 000 sponsorship each year to accommodate the 12 participating provinces in the country reaching 150,000 participants annually.
BSP NCD Area Manager Dennis Lamus taking a swing at the cricket ball during the launch.