Up to 30 Level 1 Coaches and Umpires could be created in China in February as they sit for accreditation at the end of the ACC's second Umpiring and Coaching Course in Kunming.

"The aim has always been to develop cricket within a local and unique setting and this is a clear starting point for the structured growth of cricket in China", said Ross Turner, International Development Program manager for Cricket Australia who are the ACC's consultants for coaching.

Already, within four months, of the ACC physically being involved in the development of the game in China of China's 111 Universities, 15 have already started to offer cricket as part of their student programs. These universities have 'feeder schools' channelling students to them and those schools are amongst the thirteen which already have cricket as part of their PE curriculum.

Ms. Cui Weihong, Secretary General of the Chinese Cricket Association says "This training course will give great impetus to China's Cricket Development. We sincerely hope to further strengthen cooperation with the ACC to promote cricket development in China. The CCA are planning to organize tournaments between schools and then establish a competition structure this year."

Filed February 2 2006

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