All Stars Hailed as a Great Success

A new generation of children in Somerset were introduced to cricket this summer thanks to All Stars Cricket.

In May the ECB launched All Stars Cricket with the aim of getting 50,000 boys and girls nationwide into the game.

As a result of this initiative more than 1200 local children aged between five and eight took part in All Stars sessions at 38 clubs throughout the county. The All Stars programme consisted of eight coaching sessions designed to help children acquire basic cricket skills in a fun, friendly and inclusive environment. All the players involved also received a backpack full of goodies including a bat, ball, drinks bottle, cap and t-shirt.

Somerset Cricket Board (SCB) League & Club Development Officer Matt Counsell is delighted by how well the scheme was received within the region. “Overall, I think the first year has gone really well,” he said. “The feedback we have received has been very positive and it’s brilliant to have had so many children participate. One of the nicest parts of All Stars is that all players were sent their own bat and ball which allowed the children to play the game with their families outside of the sessions run at clubs.”

“The vast majority of the children wouldn’t be playing cricket if it wasn’t for All Stars and the potential long term impact for our clubs is huge. We visited one club where 35 out of the 40 children were still playing half an hour after the session had finished. This just shows how much enthusiasm these children have for the game.

“Somerset CCC have been brilliant in their support for the scheme,” he added. “Every child in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall who signed up was rewarded with a free ticket to a NatWest T20 Blast match whilst Tom Abell, Eddie Byrom and Paul van Meekeren attended a number of the sessions to help inspire the All Stars of Somerset!”

At the recent ODI between England Under 19s and India Under 19s at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Somerset County Cricket Club hosted a joint Feedback, Reward & Recognition Day for the All Stars Volunteers from both Somerset and Devon. At the event clubs shared ideas and experiences of All Stars Cricket in order to help shape the All Stars Cricket programme for future years. More importantly it was a chance to say “thank you” to the more than 100 volunteers who delivered the sessions and made All Stars Cricket such a tremendous success this summer.

Pictured are the 100-plus volunteers who ran All Stars sessions throughout the summer in Somerset and Devon

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