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Youth Cricket League launching in Loudoun this fall

For the first time, Loudoun County Parks and Recreation (PRCS) will sponsor a youth cricket program this fall.

Matt Leiva, owner of Ignite Kids Club and Sports in Chantilly, said he approached PRCS to establish a cricket league after he realized intense interest in the sport in Loudoun.

“Our hope is it can be a program that is fun and enjoyed by many,” Leiva said.

Ignite Sports partnered with local coach Milroy Don of Future Stars School of Cricket, who Leiva said has one of the best groups in the area.

“They have an elite program and excellent training and teaching staff. We want to get as many kids involved as possible. It is really big in Montgomery County, and we are trying to replicate it here,” Leiva said.

Don said he is excited about educating Loudoun's youth about cricket.

“Cricket is the second most popular team sport in the world, and it is growing quickly in popularity in the U.S.,” Don said.

Leiva has planned a cricket camp July 17-21 at the Arcola Community Center on Gum Springs Road, to kick things off.

“This will be a great introduction to the sport,” he said.

The league, which will target kids ages 5-12 initially, is set to start in late August or early September. It will run for eight weeks with about eight teams, depending on interest.

Parks and Rec has set up two dedicated fields for playing cricket – Arcola Community Center and Mickey Gordon field in Middleburg.

Teams will practice two times a week and games will be on Saturday or Sunday.

“There are huge benefits for athletes by playing cricket, especially baseball players. I am really excited about the program,” Leiva said. For more information, contact Leiva through http://www.ignitekidsclub.com.

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I would suggest watching a match being played at Bolen park on the weekend.  It really is a fun sport to watch.

This league could end up being bigger than the soccer, football and baseball leagues around Loudoun considering the amount of Indian people that live here.

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