With a plan to visit almost a hundred schools in regional towns from Geraldton to Albany, the West Australian Cricket Association are encouraging kids to get excited about the summer of cricket ahead and register to play with their local club.
According to the 2016-17 National Cricket Census released by Cricket Australia last month, 27.7 per cent of WA participants are from regional areas, and with an 11.29 per cent increase across the entire state between 2015/16 and 2016/17 the demand for cricket is growing.
Regional Cricket Manager at the WACA, Matt Neves said it was important to make this trip.
“WA is so big and there are so many young cricket fans and their parents who can’t get to games or have a taste of the Scorchers.
“We want to get to as many schools as possible to give kids the chance to have a go at playing cricket. We’ve seen many young kids who have never played before having a great time and wanting to join up this summer.” Neves said.
The WACA have several pathways for junior cricketers including, Milo In2Cricket and MiloT20 Blast as well as high-performance opportunities like Junior Country Week and junior talent carnivals.
Perth Scorchers star Ashton Turner said he wished PlayCricket was around when he was young; “I didn’t get to sign up to a cricket club until I was in Under-10s, but I had a lot of fun playing in the back yard until then.
“It’s a great opportunity for young kids to sign up at their local club and have the chance to play, everyone gets to bat and everyone gets to bowl so everyone gets involved.”
For more information regarding junior cricket programs and PlayCricket, head to playcricket.com.au.