All Stars Cricket – the first, fun, active form of the game for 5 to 8-year-old boys and girls.

Please see the end of the Press Release for how Lowerhouse CC will operate this .

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today 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.

A new generation of families will be introduced to cricket through All Stars Cricket, a major new grassroots initiative which starts in May.

All Stars Cricket will be delivered through local cricket clubs and centres across England and Wales throughout the summer, giving 5-8 year olds their first experience of the game.

From today (Monday 20 March) parents can register their kids to take part via www.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 8-week 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.

ECB will give participating centres free All Stars kits, volunteer training and support via a central marketing campaign, celebrating ‘Big Moments’ as children take their first steps in the game. The programme reflects ECB’s strategic framework for growing the game at every level.

Lowerhouse Cricket Club will refer all new enquiries to the Allstars website/initiative. However, as the club invite juniors from our own schools programme to the club we  would not expect for those invited to commit to Allstars immediately. Training at Lowerhouse CC will commence prior to the Allstars launch and we will ask those who have not already signed to Allstars to observe a training session before deciding that this is for their child. If it is, then they will be asked to sign up to Allstars. If it isn’t for them, then we have saved everyone’s time and effort, and no harm done.

Additionally Lowerhouse CC will run Allstars throughout the Summer so it will be a course that runs from whenever the child joins, through to the end of August. Any child wishing to join mid way through will be invited to observe a training session before committing to Allstars. We may not be able to guarantee that Allstars is still running in terms of the backpack etc. but we will deliver the programme at a reduced rate subject to number of weeks left in the season. The financial detail will be explained at the time.

For those on the Allstars programme who show the necessary potential, we will invite them to join the club’s own training programme for more advanced players . This will only involve additional cost if the junior plays in a team or moves up to the more advanced training when there are plenty of weeks left. At this point we will ask the junior to become a member. At the very worst, this will involve another £20 fee, and more likely, not involve any cost.

Any queries to Stan Heaton 07941439741