Shepparton’s multicultural students could strive to become the next Don Bradman after receiving a donation of cricket equipment this week.
Shepparton English Language Centre students were presented with plastic bats, balls, stumps, batting tees and books by Cricket Australia’s Ben DeAraugo and community ambassador Sam Atukorala.
‘‘Sam, our community ambassador, has been doing great work with lots of people in the community,’’ Mr DeAraugo said.
‘‘But to continue to run cricket activities, he needs equipment.’’
SELC leader Laurie Hucker said teaching the students sport had greater and far-reaching benefits than just exercising.
‘‘Sport is a great way for them to connect with the community and mix and make Australian friends,’’ he said.
‘‘Promotions like this also lead to clubs taking the students under their wing.’’
Mr Hucker said Victoria Police multicultural officer Matt Walker had also been fantastic at assisting the students to integrate into weekend sport.
He said it was encouraging to see the donated books were designed for shared reading, making it easier for the students.
‘‘There’s a multicultural player in the books, too,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s a Pakistani player and we’ve got many students who lived there.’’
Mr Atukorala thanked Mr DeAraugo as well as Cricket Australia’s Nick Hatzoglou, who was instrumental in organising the donation.