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Bishop's Stortford youngsters enjoying All Stars Cricket sessions

Youngsters have been getting active, developing their bat and ball skills and learning about teamwork with smiles on their faces at Bishop's Stortford's All Stars Cricket sessions.

The scheme includes eight weekly one-hour classes, with first-team captain Dom Chatfield at the helm on Fridays at Cricketfield Lane.

All Stars Cricket is for boys and girls aged between five and eight, and is an activity and game-based programme suitable for all ability levels.

All Stars Cricket at Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club. Pictures: Vikki Lince
All Stars Cricket at Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club. Pictures: Vikki Lince

The ECB initiative, which is delivered at more than 2,000 centres nationwide, gets the youngsters batting, bowling, throwing and catching - running around is at the heart of everything - and they also learn about communication and how to respect others.

With the focus being on developing movement skills, the sessions provide children with the foundations to begin a love of being active as well as making friends in a safe and fun environment.

"We added Allstars cricket to our junior coaching this year with an ambition to drive participation in the game," said Chatfield.

"Allstars focuses on fun-filled activities and enjoyable game formats for five to eight-year olds, giving them their first positive experience of cricket.

"The hope is that the children build a love for the game, develop their cricketing skills and go on to represent the club in future. The positive is that this year we have 25 new players at the club enjoying the Friday night sessions and we hope to have even more children next year.

"The programme is supposed to end in early July, but we are going to continue the sessions to give the children an opportunity to enjoy their cricket for longer."

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