It's nearly 100 not out at All Stars

Published on: 23 Jun 2017

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HAVE you walked or driven past Downend Cricket Club on a Friday evening recently and wondered just what was going on? Lots of children in blue T-shirts? Flags? The unmistakable smell of a barbecue?

The ECB's initiative to get five- to eight-year-olds involved, All Stars Cricket, started on Friday May 19 at Downend CC and every Friday night until mid-July almost 100 children will be learning and improving their cricketing skills under the guidance of the All Stars Activators, volunteers from the club's youth teams, senior players and parents. 

Due to the phenomenal numbers at Downend the club was selected as the Gloucestershire Cricket Board's official launch club and rewarded with a visit from Ian Cockbain and Craig Miles, professionals from Gloucestershire CCC. Both got stuck in, delivering active sessions and coaching from start to finish proving a real treat for the children in what was for many of them their first experience of cricket. Lead activator Thom Manning said, "Whilst we were enthused by the ECB offer and saw the potential for this new programme to be popular we didn't imagine we'd have almost 100 girls and boys here every week. I think it really shows that there was a gap in the provision of well organised, inexpensive, outdoor, summer sporting opportunities for younger children. 

"All Stars really has filled this gap and we're already thinking of how we might make it even more attractive for summer 2018!"

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