All Stars Cricket - nearly here!

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recently launched the first nationwide entry-level participation programme for cricket, All Stars Cricket, with the aim of getting 50,000 boys and girls excited by the game this year.

A new generation of families will be introduced to cricket through the major new grassroots scheme which gets underway later this month.

As part of the new All Stars Cricket initiative, Leicestershire held a morning of cricket activities at the Fischer County Ground ahead of the Warwickshire Royal London One-Day Cup game, where a number of children participated in a warm-up and matches on the outfield.

All Stars Cricket will be delivered through local cricket clubs and centres across England and Wales throughout the summer, giving 5-8 year olds their first experience of the game.

The top ten clubs in Leicestershire and Rutland to sign up so far are: Ashby Hastings, Bottesford, Burbage, Hinckley Amateur, Ketton, Langtons, LCS Academy, Loughborough Carillon, Loughborough Town and Lutterworth.

Parents can register their kids to take part via 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 of the 8-week programme - developed with input from Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss and the performance team - will give children the basic skills they need to develop a lifelong love of cricket.

ECB will give participating centres free All Stars kits, volunteer training and support via a central marketing campaign, celebrating ‘Big Moments’ as children take their first steps in the game. The programme reflects ECB’s strategic framework for growing the game at every level.

Now is the perfect time to sign up with All Stars just around the corner – so please do so today at this link: www.allstarscricket.co.uk

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