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All Stars Cricket

Introducing cricket to young people

In March 2017, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launched 'All Stars', the first nationwide entry-level participation programme for cricket.

Aimed at children from five to eight years of age, the 'All Stars' programme took place over eight one hour sessions during the summer term. Its principal objective was to introduce boys and girls to cricket through games and various activities, all designed to develop the basic cricketing skills.

Cowbridge Cricket Club was selected as one of more than 2,000 'All Stars' centres nationwide and the club welcomed 28 local boys and girls onto the programme which took place from May to July last year. The focus throughout was on fun and being active, while developing movement skills and introducing the fundamentals of batting, bowling and fielding.

The development of skills seen over the eight-week programme was tremendous and a number of the older 'All Stars' participants from 2017 joined the club’s Under 9 squad for training sessions over the winter of 2017-18. Some of our younger 'All Stars' have formed an Under 8 squad and are now bowling, batting and fielding like pros!

Following last year's success, 2018 will see the Club again running its 'All Stars' programme, which will be two-tiered to accommodate both new and returning participants.

My thanks go to Siân and Sam Russell and also to Ellis Murphy, who all qualified as ECB Activators in 2017 and helped run the Club's All Stars programme.

All participants in the programme received a backpack full of goodies including a bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap. So, as you can see from the photo, training sessions were not only great fun, but everyone looked very smart!

Any parent who would to know more about the 'All Stars' programme should visit:


Sara Russell

All Stars Club Activator