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Havering-atte-Bower sign up for English Cricket Board’s All Stars Cricket campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 March 2017

The ECB have launched the first nationalwide entry-level participation programme for cricket, with the aim of getting 50,000 boys and girls excited by the game this year (pic: ECB).

The ECB have launched the first nationalwide entry-level participation programme for cricket, with the aim of getting 50,000 boys and girls excited by the game this year (pic: ECB).

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Pete Edge ‘excited to encourage young people to take up the game’ and proud to be working with Essex and ECB

The English Cricket Board have launched a brand new initiative – All Stars Cricket – to try and encourage boys and girls to take up the game and Havering are among those taking part.

With fun at the heart of the programme, the aim is to inspire children aged five to eight to take up cricket and provide a great first experience of the game.

A curriculum of fun cricket activities and games aims to provide children with the basic movement skills to begin a lifelong love of the sport and general physical activity.

For an hour a week over an eight-week period, fully trained and vetted activators will deliver game-based activities that teach basic cricket skills including catching, throwing and hitting moving balls and social skills such as teamwork and communication.

Held at accredited clubs, these courses are the perfect way for children to learn about cricket and make friends in a safe and, most importantly, fun setting.

All participants will receive an All Stars Cricket-branded pack including a cricket bat, ball, shirt, cap, backpack and water bottle.

And the Havering club are offering local boys and girls the chance to take up the game by attending up to 15 Saturday morning sessions stretching from May until the beginning of September.

Interested parents can find out more via the club’s own website havering-atte-bower-cc.co.uk/colts.

Pete Edge, one of the club activators, said: “We are really proud to be working with Essex CCC and the ECB on this exciting new initiative to encourage young people to take up the game.

“As a family-orientated club we would urge local families to get in touch and come and try it! You will be sure of a warm welcome.”

Michael Vaughan, England’s former captain and All Stars Cricket ambassador, discusses the importance of getting kids back involved in the sport.

He said: “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 day.

“As a parent, I’ve 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 to get them active is more important than ever.

“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 our clubs and the wider game.”


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