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Boys and girls in Somerset take up the game thanks to All Stars Cricket

Tens of thousands of boys and girls have played cricket for the first time this summer thanks to All Stars Cricket.

More than 37,000 children aged between five and eight took part in the programme across England and Wales.

The facts and figures for All Stars Cricket in Somerset were just as impressive with over 1200 children participating in the initiative across 38 different clubs.

The programme has successfully introduced new families to the game, with over seven in ten of those who signed their children up being new to their local club. Parents joined in the fun, with 70% of sessions receiving parental support.

The programme is also introducing a new generation of coaches. Three-quarters (74%) of the 4,136 All Stars Activators are new to the game, which equates to around 3,000 new coaches to inspire the next generation.

Matt Dwyer, ECB Director of Participation and Growth said: “Through All Stars Cricket, tens of thousands of boys and girls have played, enjoyed and benefited from getting involved in cricket for the very first time.

“This is a first but very significant step in our plans to grow the game and get a bat and ball in the hands of more people across England and Wales. We have ambitious plans for All Stars to give more children a great first experience and make sure this starts a lifelong association with the game.

“It’s really pleasing to see parents being introduced or brought back to the game, first through their kids getting involved, then playing, volunteering or supporting their local club.”

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 certainly been boosted thanks to the programme.

“Amongst the 38 clubs there were a number that didn’t already have a junior section in place, such as Butleigh and Witham Friary who both had over 30 kids attending their sessions. We also had clubs significantly grow their youth sections with Lansdown in Bath attracting over 100 All Stars which saw them nominated for the All Stars Club of the year at the recent NatWest OSCA’s. There were also large numbers attending sessions at Backwell, Flax Bourton, Clevedon, Knowle, Midsomer Norton and Taunton.

“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. Every child in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall who signed up received a free ticket to a T20 match, and the likes of Tom Abell, Eddie Byrom and Paul van Meekeren actively took part in a number of sessions with various clubs. Overall, I think the first year has gone really well.”

To find out more about All Stars Cricket and to register your interest for next year visit allstarscricket.co.uk

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