Vale cricket clubs take part in nation-wide participation drive
02 May 2017
Seven cricket clubs from across the Vale of Glamorgan are set to take part in a major grassroots initiative aiming to increase participation numbers in cricket.
Barry Athletic, Barry Wanderers, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Llantwit Major, Penarth, and Vale cricket clubs are all participating in the scheme that hopes to get 50,000 boys and girls excited by the game.
This comes in the wake of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launching its first nation-wide participation programme for cricket.
Starting this May, All Starts Cricket will introduce a new generation of families to cricket. The initiative will be delivered at local cricket clubs and centres across England and Wales throughout the summer, giving five to eight-year-olds their first experience of the game.
Parents can register their children for the scheme at www.allstarscricket.co.uk. After signing up, boys and girls will have a cricket 'back-pack' delivered to their door, with a bat, ball and everything they need to try the game for the first time.
They will then start 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 will also learn the social development skills that team sport brings.
Each session has been developed with input from Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss, and the England performance team, so children can be equipped with the basic skills they need to develop a lifelong love of cricket.
"We are bringing cricket to the front door of kids and parents across England and Wales. I can't wait to see the positive impact this will have on clubs and the wider game," said Strauss.
Michael Vaughan, former England captain and All Stars Cricket ambassador, added: "I started playing cricket at my local club, and have seen first-hand how important it is to introduce kids to our sport in a fun way.
"As a parent, I have also seen how tough it can be to get kids interested in sport, especially given the amount of activities competing for their time. Finding a way for cricket to appeal to kids and getting them active is more important than ever.”
The contact details for the clubs involved in the scheme can be found at the official website: www.allstarscricket.co.uk. Alternatively, the Vale Council’s Sports & Play Development Team can provide you with the contact details for the relevant clubs.
For further information regarding the sport and physical activity opportunities available for 5 – 8 year olds in the Vale, contact the Sports & Play Development Team on 01446 704793 or visit the website at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/sportsandplay.