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Another great year for the recreational game in Somerset

The ECB recently announced that it has been a record-breaking year for recreational cricket – with 10,000 more adult fixtures being played in club cricket compared to the last full season, and over 101,000 children taking part in ECB-run National Programmes this year, with the introduction of Dynamos Cricket fuelling the boom.

Statistics also show that it has been another good year for the recreational game in Somerset.

Key headlines for 2021 are:

All Stars & Dynamos

  • 3343 participants
  • 28% of these participants were girls
  • 18% were from BAME
  • 33% of activators in 2021 were female
  • 8 Dynamos Intros Programmes in areas of deprivation across the county

Club Cricket

  • 320 adult male teams
  • 264 youth teams
  • 37 women & girl’s sections
  • 100 KO Cup entries with over 1250 players
  • 25 U19T20 teams with approx. 500 players

Schools

  • 150 primary and secondary schools received cricket delivery
  • Over 2,000 hours of school delivery
  • More than 11,000 primary school children received cricket delivery
  • 1,100 secondary school girls received cricket delivery
  • 215 teachers trained to deliver cricket in school
  • £45k invested to deliver extra activity in Summer Holidays for Youth & Female Cricket through the Inspired to Play grant initiative

Disability Cricket

  • 48 hours of junior disability cricket delivery to 70 young people
  • 32 hours of adult disability cricket to 57 adults
  • 8 Dynamos Intro Programmes in areas of deprivation across the County training 22 new activators to deliver
  • 2 Crick-EAT camps targeting young people on free school meals
  • 25 Supporting community partners to deliver cricket in areas of deprivation
  • 1 Mental health cricket festival with the Chard Watch Project
  • Four Somerset Disabled County Cricket Development fixtures
  • 6 Disability Champion Cricket Clubs supporting Super 1s or delivering disability cricket
  • Street Cricket with Bridgwater College Academy and Young Somerset delivering to 15 young people

These outstanding numbers have been made possible by the continued hard work of the Somerset Cricket Foundation.

Jon Bendle, Managing Director of the Somerset Cricket Foundation is delighted by these figures and was quick to praise his staff.

“These figures demonstrate the recreational game in Somerset is in a strong and healthy position,” he said. “The excellent work of the Foundation staff has enabled growth across several programmes throughout our clubs, education and community settings. It’s a hugely exciting time for the Foundation as we continue to move forward to provide new and exciting opportunities to grow the game.”

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