CRICKET: ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters tasted their first experience of cricket at Solihull Blossomfield CC on Saturday as part of a nationwide initiative.
Aged between five and seven, the opening session was the first of eight organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board to encourage more children to learn how to play cricket.
The All Stars programme has been successfully rolled out across the country.
Children who register receive a shirt with their name on and a kit bag, as well as the usual cricket equipment.
Head coach John Boyce said: “The emphasis was on fun and demonstrating the basics needed to play cricket, such as hand/eye co-ordination, teamwork and athletic ability.
“I was delighted with the way everyone got involved with the exercises.
“All the children enjoyed the session and are looking forward to more next week.”
Roger Lewis, Blossomfield Secretary, said: “The All Stars programme has made a very successful start, nationally and locally.
“Blossomfield is pleased to support this initiative, which has benefited from extensive marketing and attracted so many potentially new cricketers from our local community.
“We hope that starting children earlier will encourage the next generation to take up the game of cricket.”