ECB Research Says 1.7 Million Playing Recreational Cricket

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1.7 million in England and Wales played recreational cricket last in the last 12 months
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Research by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) says that 1.7 million people in England and Wales played cricket in the last 12 months.

The survey reveals that 908,000 people aged 14 or over played cricket in teams and a further 792,000 player cricket informally in the garden or on the beach.

93 percent of recreational cricketers are male, the average age is 31 and 30 percent of participants come from ethnic minorities.

50 percent of respondents said that the most important factor in the game is playing in the right spirit, 58 percent said they would like to play more often and 80 percent said it was the most enjoyable sport they participated in.

Further analysis revealed the following:

  • 266,000 were ‘Core’ players who play at least twelve weeks of a 26 week summer season
  • 436,000 were ‘Occasional’ players who play between three and eleven weeks of a 26 week summer season
  • 206,000 were ‘Cameo’ players who play one or two weeks of a 26 week summer season
  • The peak participation period was mid-June when 375,000 people played in teams in a single week

"This comprehensive and detailed survey has given us a unique insight into who recreational cricketers are, what they want from the sport and how we can best meet their needs," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said.

"All of this information will be vital as we roll-out plans over the next four years to boost participation still further by investing more than £96 million in the recreational game – with improvements in coaching, facilities and the wider club environment a priority.

"Cricket in this country has a long and proud history of embracing different ethnic groups and we are delighted that the survey has revealed such a high level of participation from the south Asian community.

"Attracting even higher levels of participation from ethnic minorities is a key element in our national strategy as is providing even more opportunities for women, girls and disabled cricketers to play the game."

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