Ulladulla's Matthew Gilkes and 28 other NSW cricketers will beam live into schools and homes across the state on Wednesday, September 15 to speak with students, cricketers and coaches as part of the 2021 Cricket NSW Country Blitz program.
The Country Blitz is an annual event that reaches into communities in NSW regional and rural centres from the Tweed down to the Riverina and out to the Far West of the state.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the program will be delivered remotely as it was in 2020 - with Gilkes and Daniel Sams beaming into South Coast and Shoalhaven regions respectively.
Cricket NSW general manager - community cricket experience Joanne Scanlon said the Country Blitz is a permanent fixture in the Cricket NSW calendar that players and staff look forward to every year.
"Cricket NSW takes great pride in the connection we have with rural and regional communities, and we know those areas have been doing it tough over recent times with COVID restrictions," Scanlon said.
"While this year's Country Blitz will again be conducted virtually, it has presented us with the opportunity to engage with more schools, clubs and fans than ever before.
"The Country Blitz is more than a roadshow ahead of the new cricket season, it provides a unique opportunity for children in rural and regional locations to spend quality time talking with stars of Australian cricket, while community coaches get to quiz Cricket NSW coaches about all aspects of the game."
In addition to the virtual school and cricket club visits, NSW Blues head coach Phil Jaques and NSW Breakers head coach Gavan Twining will participate in a free webinar for any coach based in regional or rural NSW at 6.30pm on September 15.
Also at 6.30pm on September 15, there will be a free virtual question and answer specifically for girls aged 12 - 18 with Sydney Thunder Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) player Sam Bates and Sydney Sixers WBBL player Angela Reakes.
To pre-register for either opportunity, visit here.