The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) this week launched the first nationwide entry-level participation programme for cricket, with the aim of getting 50,000 boys and girls excited by the game this year.
All Stars Cricket, a major new grassroots initiative which starts in May, will be delivered through local cricket clubs and centres throughout the summer, giving 5-8 year-olds their first experience of the game.
The majority of cricket clubs in West Norfolk are involved, including: Dersingham, Sandringham, Snettisham, Thornham, Denver, Downham Town, Fakenham, Hockwold, North Runcton and Stow.
Parents can register their kids to take part via 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 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.