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PLAYING Inspiring more

PLAYING Inspiring more people to PLAY cricket, more frequently. HCB’s ‘Our Game’ club consultation in 2013 highlighted specific priorities for the network to address, including: Increasing/ maintaining colts sections by recruiting and retaining players (at all levels), growing women and girl’s cricket and providing support to retain players aged 15 + into adult cricket. What we set out to achieve: • Increase the number of boys and girls playing regular competitive school and club cricket • More people with a disability will be aware of and have the means to access high quality sustainable opportunities • Increase the number of adults playing the game by retaining existing players and increasing transition between junior cricket and open age cricket • Improve the standard of players graduating to the Hampshire Cricket Academy or girls equivalent Achieving our outcomes? OUTCOME: More girls and boys playing cricket The overall number of junior teams competing in District leagues has remained relatively constant over the last four years. Whilst the number of teams at the younger age groups has increased, there has been a steady decline in the number of teams within the older age groups, highlighting the challenge in retaining players as they get older. Ensuring clubs continue to recruit at under 9 level and improving retention rates at under 15 and into adult cricket has been a key focus area for HCB through the delivery of our Chance to Shine programme and the NatWest U19 T20 Competition. 08

Chance to Shine funding over this strategic period has allowed us to deliver coaching and competition programmes in the county, in 533 schools (390 primary and 143 secondary). Providing the best possible experience of cricket in schools is essential to recruiting juniors into clubs. However, this was not straightforward to achieve! We encountered numerous challenges to delivering impactful, sustainable programmes in schools, including: a lack of coaches to deliver during the curriculum, access to schools – cricket is competing against numerous other sports and activities and transitioning children from school activity to local clubs. In an attempt to overcome some of the challenges we changed our delivery model in 2016, moving from solely club delivered projects to HCB programmes centrally delivered on behalf of clubs. NEXT STEPS Despite a successful 2017 there is still more to be done. Five new Schools Cricket Activators will deliver alongside our existing two community coaches in 2018, reducing our reliance on casual coaches and enhancing our service to schools further. We hope that our coaching team will also have a positive impact on transition rates from schools to club, whether that is into All Stars Cricket centres at 5 – 8 years or at under 11s. Finally we must work to ensure cricket is embedded in the school, equipping teachers with the knowledge and confidence to continue to deliver cricket following our involvement. The benefits of this model were seen in 2017: • We utilised full allocation of funding, delivering in 120 schools across the county • Addressed the lack of club coach availability through a team of approximately 30 centrally deployed coaches • The HCB Schools Engagement Manager was the sole point of contact for schools, improving communication and overall service • Projects supported 26 clubs who wanted to recruit juniors • Trained all coaches to deliver inspiring sessions and the most effective ways to aid transition • Transition flyer distributed to all participants with club information • All Chance to Shine participants were offered discounted tickets to Hampshire NatWest T20 Blast games • Excellent relationships have been established with schools,the vast majority have requested to be involved in the 2018 programme 09

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