Waitangi launch for Women’s Cricket World Cup schools programme

16 August 2021


The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 is coming to Aotearoa in March next year, with seven games to be played right here in Tauranga’s Bay Oval. To celebrate the game of cricket and New Zealand’s role in hosting the tournament, yesterday saw the launch of CRIC-KIDS – a programme aimed at schools that brings the occasion to life in an educational context for young learners around the country.

This is New Zealand’s third time hosting the Women’s Cricket Worldcup, a tournament that will see eight nations compete for the pinnacle prize in women’s cricket. Tauranga will host seven matches, including the opening match featuring the WHITE FERNS on 4 March.

Nelita Byrne, Programme Manager for the CWC22 for Tauranga City Council says: ‘This is an exciting time for Tauranga. Our very own Bay Oval will be hosting seven matches that will be watched by millions of people around the world and see an influx of visitors to the region.’

To take the CWC22 to the heart of the community and engage young people in the tournament, an educational resource called CRIC-KIDS was developed with support from the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Government.

‘We want to build as much excitement with young people for this event as possible. We are supporting New Zealand cricket in taking the wordcup to local schools - to learn about cricket as well as the significance of this event for our country,’ says Nelita.  

CRIC-KIDS is aimed at kids aged 7-13 (Years 3-8) and available in both Te Reo Māori and English. It is designed to inspire an interest with students for both the game and the tournament and contains a number of exercises that build on the National Curriculum.


From today, primary and intermediate schools, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori, cricket organisations and community groups can register for CRIC-KIDS via a portal on the New Zealand Cricket website. This will ensure access to the programme and resources provided.

There will also be an opportunity to CRIC-KIDS learners to attend CWC22 matches, this offer may include transport, at-match incentives and activities.

As part of CRIC-KIDS, schools and community organisations can apply to receive CWC22 cricket sets to assist with physical ‘Have a go!’ tasks.

Nelita Byrnes wants to emphasise the tournament isn’t only a great opportunity for schools and cricket enthusiasts. ‘Besides engaging local schools in the excitement, the tournament offers locals various volunteering opportunities. We are looking for support in a range of roles and skills to join our CWC22 crew.’

To find out more about volunteering and register your interest - click here.