Cricket for kids and at an affordable price – Howzat!
My husband was in his element as he celebrated his love for the game of cricket following an exciting invitation from Mumsnet and the English Cricket Board to attend the launch of All Stars Cricket. This is a brand new skills-based programme to encourage youngsters to get involved in cricket as the sunnier days arrive.
Over to my husband for his opinions of the scheme.
On Monday evening I was privileged to be invited to the England & Wales Cricket Board’s launch of their new programme ‘All Stars Cricket’, a fundamental part of the ECB’s strategy to attract interest in cricket at all levels.
Introduced by Matt Dwyer, Director of Participation & Growth and supported on the evening by former Yorkshire and England player Michael Vaughan; Jonny Bairstow and Lauren Winfield (Both capped players for their respective Yorkshire & England sides) the programme is aimed at five to eight year-old youngsters of both sexes.
Delivered at club level All Stars Cricket aims to instil in children a lifelong love of cricket and other physical activity.
A block of eight one-hour weekly session will allow children to develop their movement skills in a safe environment with trained and accredited Cricket Activators. The skills they will learn include nine of the ten fundamental movement skills and are recognised by the award of badges highlighting individual achievements.
For a cost of only £40 (slightly more in some London areas) children will receive eight sessions of coaching by the club’s Al stars Activator (who is DBS checked and carries appropriate insurance cover) who will have access to the All Stars Cricket Equipment. Each child will receive a participant’s pack including a backpack, cricket bat & ball, cap & water bottle and a personalised shirt.
Great emphasis is placed not only on teaching the physical skills but also promoting the spirit of cricket and the enjoyment of team activities.
The evening took place at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Here’s what The England & Wales Cricket Board have to say about the programme: “Summer is coming and so is the cricket season. The England & Wales Cricket Board is launching a brand-new, skills based programme called All Stars Cricket, it is aimed at girls and boys aged 5-8. It’s a fun, first-time experience of cricket which develops children’s movement skills. They can learn; catching, throwing, hitting a moving ball and teamwork – all whilst making new friends in a safe and inclusive environment. All Stars Cricket starts in May 2017 and they have over 1,500 centres across the country. It’s an 8-week course and each session lasts one hour. Sessions are run by trained and accredited activators and Mum and Dad are encouraged to take part too, so they can spend some time with the kids. Once children are signed up to All Stars Cricket, they will receive a personalised pack, which includes; a backpack, cricket bat, water bottle, cap and shirt!”
My husband has a long history with cricket having played it as a child and then attending events as a scorer during his days in the Royal Air Force. He has always told me how rank does not matter so much when you are playing cricket – it is a real chance to work as a team and enjoy the company of people you may not necessarily come into contact with in your everyday life. These elements certainly appeal to me as a Mum who wants her children to get to know a diverse range of people and to know how to work together.
Cricket holds fond memories for me too in terms of playing on the beach with my parents and then attending matches with my husband when we moved to North Yorkshire. Long sunny days with a picnic and something to watch – what’s not to love?
Sadly with pressures of life and work, we have not attended cricket for years which is sad. This event made us resolve to change that and soon and we will be taking full advantage of the sunshine today to head to the park and start the children on their cricket journey because cricket is for kids and they are our future. You can sign up today!
I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I will be receiving a voucher and travel expenses to the event from Mumsnet”.