Birmingham Bears Name Opening Home Game as All Stars Cricket Day
Birmingham Bears opening home game of the 2018 Vitality Blast season has been designated as All Stars Day to support and reward young cricketers in the region, aged five to eight-years-old.
The Bears take on Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston on Sunday 8 Jul, 2.30pm start, and all registered All Stars cricketers in attendance will be able to take to the field during the interval for a lap of honour around the ground.
What’s more, there will be a dedicated seating area for All Stars children and their families in the South Stand, in addition to an opportunity to meet All Stars mascot Twinkle and Birmingham Bears mascot Hugh Bear.
Chris Kenny, All Stars Cricket Development Manager at the Warwickshire Cricket Board, said: “All Stars Cricket launched across the country last summer and we welcomed 1,309 five to eight-year-olds to the game at 49 clubs in the region.
“It’s a fantastic programme that’s introducing children to cricket in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. Numbers are set to get even bigger, with more clubs in Birmingham and Warwickshire taking part in 2018.
“Opening the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston with All Stars Day will be a great event, and we’re keen to see as many youngsters as possible here for the lap of honour on the day.”
As well as All Stars Day, the Bears’ opening home game of the 2018 Vitality Blast will also see the match ball brought in from the skies, with the world renowned Red Devils parachute display team, who will land on the hallowed turf shortly before the start of play.
There will also be live music, free face painting, an Army climbing wall, and the Bears Kids Zone, which includes a range of giant inflatables and games available for young supporters to try for free.
All Stars cricketers, and all children under the age of 16, gain free access to all Birmingham Bears group games at Edgbaston in the Vitality Blast. However, in support of All Stars day, parents can claim a discount on adult tickets for the Bears game with Yorkshire Vikings. Simply speak to your cricket club’s All Stars activator for further details.