Concordia CC's youth team is to take on a Slovak team, in what will be the first ever match by a Slovak team in Austria on May 24th. Slovakia, in the form of Slovak Cricket Club, is one of the EDP's new territories, the seed of which was Vladimir Chudacik's stay in the UK, where he played for Frampton CC (Gloucestershire), and upon returning home, he discovered that there was no known cricket in Slovakia. After a tour to Mallorca with Frampton CC in 1999, Vladimir decided that he would have to alter this.
He recounts that cricket started on a football ground, using a single bat, with the players coming from Hajske Football Club, his home village. The plan was to allow anyone to play, but ideally to allow children to play, and made contact with Vienna CC and Prague CC at the Wintercup. Frampton CC have also proved exceptionally helpful with equipment.
There are now in excess of twenty players involved, many of whom are children, and Slovakia has played against the Czechs, in a fixture which is becoming a regular affair. This season, as well as playing against Concordia CC, they will be playing in Ljubljana in a six-a-side tournament, and will also hopefully attending the Youth Coaching Camp to be held in Markommannenstrasse in mid-June.