Eaglehawk Cricket Club juniors are back training ahead of the prospect of returning to competitive play once restrictions ease in the coming weeks.
The club's under-11/12 players hit the nets on Tuesday night at Canterbury Park for their second training session ahead of the summer season.
"In what has been such a tough year it's very pleasing to see the kids back out in the fresh air playing cricket," Eaglehawk CC junior coordinator Renae Boucher said.
"It's a chance for them to get active and healthy while at the same time socialising with their friends as they haven't seen each other for a while because of home schooling."
At this stage it's expected that competitive play will return within the next four to six weeks.
During this time Eaglehawk CC is looking to bolster its ranks with more players for its under-11,12 and 14 squads.
"This year we'd really like to push and have two sides for both our under-11 and under-14 teams," Boucher said.
"It's been hard as we could lose a few players due to the uncertainty of when sport will open up and a lot of parents are just waiting to see how things unfold."
In addition to the active physical benefits of playing cricket, Boucher said that being a part of the club was being part of a community.
"We have great community culture here at Eaglehawk," she said.
"Whether it's our football, netball, bowls or cricket club we all work together as one and help each other in whatever way we can."
For more information on the club and recruitment please visit https://www.facebook.com/EaglehawkCC.
Competitive indoor and outdoor community sport is not permitted until Victoria reaches the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark of the 16-plus age group.
Training for outdoor community sport is permitted now, but training for indoor community sport remains banned until that 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark of the 16-plus age group is hit.
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