All Stars Cricket a Huge Success Again in 2018
Tens of thousands of boys and girls have played cricket for the first time this summer thanks to All Stars Cricket.
All Stars Cricket is an England and Wales Cricket Board initiative that was introduced last year with the aim at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience of cricket. Every child that joined an All Stars Club received a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap. Nearly 60,000 children took part in the programme across England and Wales.
The facts and figures for All Stars Cricket in Somerset are just as impressive with over 1800 children participating in the initiative across 48 different clubs, which is an increase of over 600 children. Somerset are also the only county to have three clubs (Lansdown, Clevedon & Bedminster) attracting over 100 children.
Across Somerset, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset over 5000 children participated in the initiative.
Locally, Somerset County Cricket Club have supported the programme with players including Tom Abell, Max Waller, Peter Trego, George Bartlett and Paul van Meekeren attending sessions alongside Somerset mascot Stumpy. The Club also recently hosted a special All Stars Cricket Day at The Cooper Associates County Ground on the day of the Vitality Blast match against Hampshire. This saw over 450 All Stars cricketers, their parents and 150 All Stars Activators from All Stars Clubs across Somerset, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset attend the match for free. They also took to the pitch before the match for a celebration photo with Stumpy and Twinkle, the All Stars Mascot.
Matt Counsell, the Somerset Cricket Board League & Club Development Officer, who ran All Stars in Somerset, said: “Cricket among primary school-aged boys and girls has continued to be boosted thanks to this programme.
“Amongst the 48 clubs there were a number that didn’t already have a junior section in place, such as Bear Flat in Bath, Hardington & West Coker and West Monkton who had over 30 kids attending their sessions. We also had clubs significantly grow their youth sections with Lansdown in Bath attracting over 150 All Stars, the third highest in the country whilst Clevedon & Bedminster also hit the 100 mark. There were also large numbers attending sessions at Backwell, Flax Bourton, Congresbury, Knowle, Long Ashton, Midsomer Norton, Taunton and Wellington.
“We definitely got more bats and balls into kids’ hands and inspired them and their parents into a passion for cricket.
“Somerset County Cricket Club have been brilliant in their support as well. The amazing T20 ticket free ticket offer for the Hampshire T20 game was great and to have the likes of Tom Abell, George Bartlett, Max Waller, Peter Trego and Paul van Meekeren taking part in a number of sessions with various clubs was fantastic. Overall, I think that year two has just seen All Stars Cricket grow even more.”
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