Guernsey Cricket Board has launched an initiative aimed at encouraging youngsters to develop a passion for cricket.
The Ravenscroft Future Stars programme, which will start next month, is open to boys and girls between the ages of five and eight. Over each block of eight sessions, the youngsters will be introduced to the sport and develop the skills needed for catching, bowling and batting.
‘We have wanted to introduce a programme for five to eight year olds for a while as there was a gap in our offering between the TOTS initiative and then our work in the schools. Ravenscroft has been incredibly supportive of cricket for a number of years and recognised that the Future Stars programme had many benefits,’ said GCB Cricket Development Officer, David Hooper (Hoops).
‘We hope that children, and their parents and carers, will enjoy the opportunity of learning more about cricket in a fun and friendly environment. Many of the world’s greatest cricketers started playing when they were very young and it’s our hope that we are developing future stars for Guernsey Cricket.’
Youngsters can join either the Saturday or Tuesday sessions, which will both be held at KGV, and each block of eight sessions will cost £40.
‘Thanks to the sponsorship from Ravenscroft, we are able to keep participation costs low so that the initiative is open to all youngsters. Everyone taking part will also be given a backpack which includes a cricket bat and ball so that they can practice at home,’ said Hoops.
Mark Bousfield, group managing director of Ravenscroft, said the company was a big supporter of sport.
‘We know from our sponsorship of youth initiatives for both football and hockey that programmes which inspire youngsters to take part do produce future stars. We’re looking forward to seeing the talent that comes from Ravenscroft Future Stars go up through to the island teams,’ he said.