The International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup 2020 has launched a national schools programme in Australia, with an ‘opt in’ ticketing programme available.

The schools ticketing programme will give students across the country access to an allocation of 75,000 tickets across both the women’s and men’s T20 World Cup 2020 matches.

The schools programme, which has been designed for primary and secondary students aged 5-16, has been developed in conjunction with Cricket Australia and industry experts Kimberlin Education to deliver classroom-based learning outcomes.

Units include ‘wellbeing’, ‘inspiring women and girls’ and ‘build your own World Cup,’ in which students will learn about the cultures of the competing teams as well as practical project management skills through building their own T20 World Cup

Australian player Elyse Villani and Melbourne Renegades star Dan Christian will play an active role in getting schools registered as programme ambassadors.

Villani said: “I’m proud to be an ambassador for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Schools Program. As a teacher myself, it’s brilliant that kids around the country will have the opportunity to learn, whilst at the same time celebrate that Australia will host two World Cups.

“I’m particularly excited the students will learn about inspirational women and girls, as the T20 World Cup aims to set a new benchmark for sport.”

ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee chief executive Nick Hockley added: “We passionately believe in the power of major sporting events to deliver positive impacts. Over the last 18 months, we’ve worked with education experts, teachers and Australian Cricket to design a world-class schools program, freely accessible to every school in Australia.

“Not only will ICC T20 World Cup 2020 be a spectacular celebration of cricket, but it will have positive lasting impact well beyond the boundary.”

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