By Steve Reese, Clubs and Community Cricket Manager for Cricket Shropshire
For many people England’s dramatic victory in the ICC World Cup will have sparked cricket fever across the country – now the chance to try out the game in Telford in the summer holidays.
We are organising a series of cricket taster sessions at venues across Telford in conjunction with Telford & Wrekin Council’s Let’s Get Telford Active initiative. We have been given £2910 of funding from the council to help put these sessions on.
We’re aiming to give people in the area the chance to have a go at the game in a fun and friendly environment – there are lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved.
Perfect for mums and families
The free sessions are suitable for 4 to 8-year-olds (called All Stars) and Women & Girls. They will be held in parks and playing fields around the town.
The sessions we are organising are based on two very successful ECB initiatives which we have been running for the past couple of years – All Stars Cricket and Women & Girls Softball.
We have been running the All Stars initiative at dozens of centres around the county introducing youngsters aged 5-8 to the game and has proved to be incredibly popular since it started in 2017.
We have also been running Women’s Softball Festivals across the region in the past couple of years which have introduced hundreds of converts to the game in a fun and friendly environment.
These sessions are an ideal opportunity for mum and the kids to come along and participate simultaneously, having some fun in the outdoors at their local park.
How to take part
The cricket taster sessions will be held at Malinslee Park, Dawley Playing Field, Telford Town Park and Bowring Park in Wellington.
Youngsters signed up for the first sessions of All Stars at each venue will get a free bat and ball as part of the ECB’s Have A Go initiative so they can practice their skills at home.
- 23 July, Malinslee Park, 10am-11am.
- 23 July, Dawley Playing Field, 1.30am-12.30pm.
Go to Great Dawley Council’s Facebook or Twitter pages to find a link to sign up.
There will be further sessions at the same venues each Tuesday at the same times through the summer holidays from July 30 until August 27.
- 6 August, Bowring Park, 1.30pm-3.30pm.
- 7 August, Telford Town Park, 10am-3pm.
- 8 August, Telford Town Park, 10am-3pm.
- 13 August, Bowring Park, 1.30pm-3.30pm.
- 14 August, Telford Town Park, 10am-3pm.
- 15 August, Telford Town Park, 10am-3pm.
For the sessions at Bowring Park and Telford Town Park, go to the ECB website to sign up.
Women and girls are welcome to come along on the day for each session and join in.
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