Following the annual comprehensive survey of participation in community cricket, the club game has seen a five per cent increase in participation across all age groups.
The work of the Cricket Foundation through the award winning Chance to Shine programme has further introduced a total of 1.4 million children to cricket in schools.
This survey is the most comprehensive review of participation in cricket and reflects participation in all age groups. An independent audit endorsed the comprehensive nature of this survey.
England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive David Collier commented:
“It is very rewarding that during difficult economic times there has been such a substantial increase in participation numbers. In our strategic plan we recognise that the current levels of participation, if they are to be sustained, require an increased investment in facilities and coaches. The £52 million of investment in 699 projects in the past year demonstrates ECB’s commitment to community sport. We further recognise that families are prioritising youth participation in sport during the difficult economic climate but we are seeking to expand both adult as well as youth programmes to support our club network. I warmly congratulate the Cricket Foundation on their outstanding work in engaging with a staggering 1.4 million schoolchildren.
“At a time when England are the leading nation in Test cricket, the women’s World Cup holders, the ICC World T20 champions and the leading Learning Disabilities team in the world the expansion in participation at both schools and clubs is wonderful news for our sport.”