Wiltshire Cricket

All Stars Cricket and Junior Player Pathway Roadshows - Getting ready for 2018!

Clubs will recently have received notification from ECB regarding a series of roadshows that are being delivered throughout October and November. These roadshows have been organised for a number of reasons, namely:

1. To keep the All Stars Cricket momentum going and to communicate exciting plans to make All Stars even bigger and better in 2018. This will include covering:
- 2018 enhancements based on your feedback about local marketing support, the systems and the financial model

2. To discuss and invite participation in the junior formats pilots
- For those who may be unsure what is meant by this, please note that the ECB is currently undertaking a large review of junior formats with a view to launching subsequent stages on the player pathway after All Stars Cricket. Anyone who attended any of our forums last year may recall that All Stars Cricket is stage one of ECB’s junior player pathway. To the right is an image of a slide from last year’s presentatiosn which outlines the long term vision for the player pathway

When are the national roadshows taking place?

Wiltshire Cricket’s Local Roadshow

We fully appreciate that some clubs will be unable to attend one of the national events, and so with that in mind we have organised a more local event, at which clubs will receive all of the information from the national event that you require in order to begin planning for All Stars Cricket 2018. Our local event will take place as follows:

Thursday 16th November

7pm – 9pm

Assembly Room, Devizes Town Hall

We would be delighted for clubs to bring a group of people to this evening if it is preferable.

Please could clubs contact pete.sykes@wiltshirecricket.co.uk to indicate whether you will be attending a national event, our local event or both. This will help for our planning purposes.

All Stars Cricket in 2018 – Your involvement and Wiltshire Cricket’s support for your club

All Stars Cricket took up a huge amount of both professional and volunteer time in 2017, leaving many club volunteers at saturation point. However, the outcomes from All Stars Cricket are undeniably positive. At a time in which Cricket faces an unavoidable challenge around falling participation figures All Stars Cricket has been able to inspire 37,000 children nationally and 766 children in Wiltshire to take up the game of cricket…and all this was done with a lead in time of about two months in 2017!

All Stars Cricket and the subsequent junior formats that are released by ECB WILL safeguard the future of our game and will be our legacy as professionals and volunteers working within Cricket.

With the above in mind and given what will follow after All Stars Cricket we would urge all clubs to return to All Stars Cricket in 2018, and for clubs that did not participate in 2017, please give consideration to the longer term benefits of being involved with not just All Stars Cricket but also being part of the cricket pathway that ECB is creating. Wiltshire Cricket can assure you that the landscape is changing and we want to ensure that clubs are not left on the outside of this junior cricket landscape.

In terms of Wiltshire Cricket Limited, our support for All Stars Cricket will be very evident again in 2018. This will involve:

  • More school delivery – with additional funding given to us by Chance to Shine to deliver within the key stage 1 age group (we are already in discussion with some clubs about Chance to Shine but please be assured we will be offering school support for every All Stars Cricket centre) we will be able to increase All Stars Cricket promotional activity in schools. This will involve school coaching programmes, All Stars assemblies and All Stars taster sessions
  • Club support – for any clubs who want development officer time in terms of us coming to meet with your key junior cricket drivers we are always available to attend meetings to discuss All Stars Cricket in greater detail
  • Attendance at your club sessions – All Stars Cricket’s success is predicated on the children enjoying a wonderful experience and with that in mind we will once again ensure we attend as many club programmes as possible once All Stars launches in 2018
  • More planning and lead in time – Last year, All Stars Cricket was launched in March with programmes beginning in May. For 2018, things won’t be so rushed meaning a smoother lead in time and more opportunity for your club to prepare properly for your programme
  • Best practice sharing – Clubs involved in last year’s All Stars will recall the messages sent out by us in relation to ideas to drive sign up. These will continue but with the benefit being that this year we will have a longer lead in time to drive that sign up

These are just a few ways in which we will support. As we build towards All Stars in 2018 new opportunities and initiatives will arise which we will of course keep you informed about.

For now the most important thing is for you to please sign up to either one of the national roadshows or the local roadshow we have organised.