All Stars Cricket - introducing 50000 children to our game

The London Stadium will host games but without an opening ceremony like at London 2012

The London Stadium will host games but without an opening ceremony like at London 2012

The club has been chosen as one of the hubs for the All Stars Cricket scheme, which has been organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in the sport.

The initiative has been nearly two years in the making since the European Central Bank appointed Matt Dwyer, who had successfully promoted the game at age-group level in Australia, as its director of participation and growth.

Upon sign up, participants will receive a cricketing backpack including a bat, ball and everything they need to try the game for the first time.

Each session of the eight-week programme - developed with input from Andrew Strauss and the England performance team - aim to give children the basic skills they need to develop a lifelong love of cricket.

"The programme is built on solid foundations of social and physical development for children".

All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course that will be introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport. The programme reflects ECB's strategic framework for growing the game at every level. First and foremost, we want to make playing cricket a fun and enjoyable experience for children and give them a passion for the game to last a lifetime.

"It's all about putting a bat and ball in the hands of more children at an earlier age", he said. "I can't wait to see the positive impact this will have on clubs and the wider game." .

Vaughan is an ambassador for the project and says it is more important than ever to get children actively involved in cricket.

Speaking about the initiative Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Tracey Crouch, MP, said: "All Stars Cricket is exactly the type of programme we are keen to see more of".

Mumsnet CEO Justine Roberts added: "We all know that kids (not to mention grown-ups) benefit from regular exercise, but finding fun new ways to get everyone running around can stretch parents' ingenuity".

The programme was officially launched on Monday at London's ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with former England captain Michael Vaughan in attendance, along with current England internationals Jonny Bairstow and Lauren Winfield.

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