All Stars Cricket, the first nationwide entry-level participation programme for cricket, has been a resounding success in Lancashire with over 100 centres that have delivered the programmed to 5-8 year old boys and girls in the county. Over 1,900 children have registered up and down the county and the programme has been all about getting them excited about cricket so they continue to participate in it for many years to come.
This major new grassroots initiative started in May and has been delivered through local cricket clubs and centres across England and Wales, with parents of 5-8 year olds registering back in March. Upon sign-up, boys and girls received a cricket ‘back-pack’ delivered to their door with a bat, ball and everything they needed to try the game for the first time.
The boys and girls then went on to attend an eight-week programme at their local participating centre, with the emphasis placed firmly on learning how to play the game in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. Children were also introduced to the social development skills that team sport can bring.
Each session of the 8-week programme - developed with input from Andrew Strauss and the England performance team – was aimed to give children the basic skills they need to develop a lifelong love of cricket.
Nationally over 30,000 boys and girls have registered and received fun cricketing activities across 2,000 local centres. For more information about All Stars Cricket please visit: www.allstarscricket.co.uk.
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