April 27th 2018

All Stars Cricket coming to Sway from May 12th 2018!

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is now into its second year of its new grassroots programme for five- to eight-year-olds, with the aim to get 50,000 more youngsters participating in the game this summer - and the great news is that Sway Cricket Club will again be playing a full part in delivering the scheme!

All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course (10 weeks at Sway for the price of 8!) that will be introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport. Children will receive a backpack of cricket gear, while participating clubs will be given kit to deliver the programme and training for volunteers.

Sessions will be on Saturday mornings at Jubilee Field from 9.30-11am from 12th May.

More than 2,000 clubs have already signed up to the scheme and Matt Dwyer, the ECB's director of participation and growth (who was the driving force behind Australia's hugely successful "Big Bash" competition), said it has the potential to make a significant difference to the sport's youth base:

 "It's all about putting a bat and ball in the hands of more children at an earlier age," he said. "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."

For Dave Marshall, Sway CC's Development Manager, participation in All Stars was a natural progression:

"Unlike many local clubs, Sway has for quite a few years now been providing hugely popular "kwik cricket" sessions for the youngest players - and this is has been a key reason behind the success of our current U9s and U11s teams. So participating in All Stars is a logical progression for us and we are looking forward to reaching out to the next generation of boys and girls!"

Dwyer also noted that family participation is an vital element of the programme.

"We want to make sure parents have a great first experience at the club and give them the chance to have an hour back with their kids every week," he said.