Expect to see youngsters heading to school on Wednesday with medallions around their necks and smiles on their faces.
About 100 year 3 to year 6 children with special needs took part in the annual DreamCricket Gala Day at Victoria Park on Tuesday.
The Rotary Club of Dubbo West has been running the free event since 2012 for children from Dubbo and district with support from friends and high school students.
DreamCricket Australia and DreamCricket Dubbo chairman, Don Stephens, said the day of “modified cricket” aimed to increase the skills and confidence of participants.
“They have a lot of fun and represent their school which is something they don’t get a lot of opportunities to do,” he said.
Mr Stephens said DreamCricket kits had been donated to participating schools to help special needs children engage in sport.
DreamCricket was launched by Dr Roly Bigg of the Movement Disorder Foundation in conjunction with Rotary clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation.
Initially, it provided primary school students with special needs an opportunity to play “cricket activities” on Bradman Oval.
But the DreamCricket program has grown to encompass schools and children throughout Australia and internationally.
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“Dubbo was about the second centre in Australia to get it going,” Mr Stephens said.