Swardeston is delighted to announce that it will be once again taking part in the ECB’s new national cricket programme aimed at five to eight year olds.
All Stars Cricket was a brand new initiative from the ECB, launched in 2017, aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. The programme was delivered across England and Wales and Swardeston was one of over 1,500 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. We had 38 children regularly attend our 2017 programme.
It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment. All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.
Every child that returns to All Stars Cricket from 2017 will receive the new kit to progress their development as an All Star, it includes:
- New backpack
- Cricket bat
- Cricket ball
- New star design personalised shirt
- Activity book
- Eight one-hour sessions, held over eight weeks
- Emphasis on fun and being active
- Focus on developing your child’s movement skills
- Great first introduction to cricket
- Safe and fully accredited
- Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
- Opportunities to meet England Cricket superstars
- Easy online registration
- Batting – hitting a moving ball
- Throwing – underarm and overarm
- Catching – small and large balls
- Bowling – overarm
- Running – lots of movement
- Teamwork – fun games with friends
- Communication – the basics of cricket
- Spirit of Cricket – how to respect others
The 2018 Swardeston programme will be lead by our youth co-ordinator Jason Reynolds and will be supported by fellow Swardeston coach Lewis Denmark.
Jason said: “There will be a big emphasis on using volunteers or parents to help with the sessions. Coaches do not have to be qualified! So I would once again love to hear from potential volunteers and parents. They can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The programme is suitable for all children new to cricket and sport as the sessions are designed to teach the basic skills of the game. Every child will earn stars as the weeks progress that match the skills learned during the programme: