Kids from across the Isle of Wight will have the opportunity to try cricket for the first time, thanks to 8 local cricket clubs becoming All Stars Cricket Centres – the first nationwide entry-level participation programme for the game.
The programme will be delivered across the Island through Newclose CC, Northwood CC, Shanklin CC, Arreton CC, Freshwater CC, Ventnor CC, Ryde CC and Ryde Cavaliers C. There are 2,000 centres across England and Wales, giving up to 50,000 5 to 8-year-olds their first experience of the game.
Parents can sign their kids up for scheme by visiting allstarscricket.co.uk and searching for 1 of the 8 centres by putting in their postcode into the search engine. After registering, local 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 8-week programme at the chosen cricket club, with the emphasis placed firmly on learning how to play the game in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. Parents will be encouraged to take part at the clubs and be active with their kids.
Each session of the 8-week programme – developed with input from Andrew Strauss and the England performance team – will give children the basic skills they need to develop a lifelong love of cricket.
ECB will give each Cricket Club free All Stars kit bags, 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.
Stuart Chatfield from the Isle of Wight Cricket Board said:
“We are thrilled to have 8 clubs signed up (Newclose CC, Northwood CC, Shanklin CC, Arreton CC, Freshwater CC, Ventnor CC, Ryde CC and Ryde Cavaliers CC) to run All Stars Cricket on the Island. Junior cricket is the heartbeat and the future of cricket on the Island and we want to offer children the chance to experience cricket in a fun, safe, engaging environment that will deliver a love for the game for life.
“This programme is all about getting kids off the sofa and out in the sunshine, making friends and having fun playing the game. We are hoping that at least 20 kids register at each club and, along with Islands Cricket Board, we can help inspire the next generation of cricketers.”