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Youngsters want to be cricket’s All Stars

STARS OF THE FUTURE: Young people have enjoyed the sport in both England and Wales

TENS OF thousands of boys and girls have played cricket for the first time this summer thanks to All Stars Cricket.

More than 37,000 kids aged five to eight took part in year one of the programme in over 1,500 centres across England and Wales.

The programme has successfully introduced new families to the game with over seven in ten of those who signed their kids up being new to their local club. Parents joined in the fun, with 70 per cent of sessions receiving parental support.

Over 1,500 kids have had their chance to meet their heroes or play on the pitch during the international summer thanks to the money-can’t-buy opportunities that All Stars offers. Youngsters have quizzed the England teams - both men and women - in the build-up to games, practised on the same pitch and enjoyed All Stars sessions at vari- ous venues during the international intervals.

The programme is also introducing a new generation of coaches. Three-quarters (74 per cent) of the 4,136 All Stars Activators are new to the game, which equates to around 3,000 new coaches to inspire the next generation.

Matt Dwyer, ECB director of participation and growth said: “Through All Stars Cricket, tens of thousands of boys and girls have played, enjoyed and benefited from getting involved in cricket for the very first time.

“This is a first but very significant step in our plans to grow the game and get a bat and ball in the hands of more people across England and Wales.

EXPERIENCE

“We have ambitious plans for All Stars to give more children a great first experience and make sure this starts a lifelong association with the game. Parental feedback has been overwhelming positive."

One mum, Lynda Ormandy, said: “Our twin boys have found a sport that they love through All Stars and I have taken up women’s softball cricket after my husband and I both volunteered at their weekly All Stars sessions.”

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