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Cricket Club gets a funding boost to bat its way into schools

A partnership with Long Sutton Cricket Club  and coaching club, Sport2Day proved a great success for getting children involved in cricket, thanks to Sport England’s Together Fund.

Active Lincolnshire distributed a Together Fund grant of £3,700 to Long Sutton Cricket Club to support cricket sessions for children aged 5-11 in the local area.

Working together, the Long Sutton Cricket Club and Sport2Day ran free coaching sessions for after school clubs across five schools in Lincolnshire throughout the summer 2023, with the hope of participants then joining the Cricket Club, which has been established in the area for over 100 years, as members after getting a taste for the sport. Long Sutton Cricket Club have already had great success with encouraging girls and women into the sport and in 2021 was awarded the Active Club Award at the Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards in recognition of their work to engage the local community in the sport.

However, since the Covid pandemic, the schools have reported a decrease in afterschool club participation and an increase in children on free school meals. The Cricket Club also reported a drop off in members, especially children.

Working closely with the schools, Sport2Day delivered the sessions and signposted them to the clubs. The schools ensured that the families who met the criteria for highest need were represented, making the sessions accessible to children from all socio-economic groups.

Sport2Day Lead Coach Josh told us,

“The project was one we were really looking forward to with our connections between cricket clubs and some of our coach’s being experienced cricket players. The project saw some really amazing cricketing talent emerge. The basic skills were a real strong starting base for them to really shine when it came to the games.’’

During the project, Long Sutton Cricket Club welcomed eight new junior members, with three making it into the team for some of the last matches of the 2023 season. As a direct result of the sessions, two others joined a club in Wisbech and one in Moulton, as these were closer to them.

Two coaches are now trained to ECB Foundation Coach standard, and they will continue to work and deliver the sessions to a high standard as connections have become stronger between all involved, with the hope that the relationship will continue into 2024.

Sean Hughes from Sport2day told us,

“Our Together Fund project enabled us to provide access to families to sporting opportunities they may not have otherwise had and develop a strong school-club link that will benefit both and have a lasting impact on participation and activity levels for those families. By utilising our school contacts, we were able to reach a number of students within the local area. Without the fund the sessions would not have reached many families and through participation in the school sessions the club has seen an increase in members and new families joining the already well-established teams.”

Get Involved

Find out more about Long Sutton Cricket Club on their website or facebook page

All Stars and Dynamos Cricket

Want to introduce your child to cricket? All Stars and Dynamo Cricket programmes are a fantastic way to introduce children to the sport. All Stars is aimed a children aged 5-8, and Dynamos at children aged 8-11. The programmes run during the summer at cricket clubs across the county.  The emphasis for all Stars is on developing your child’s fundamental movement skills, making sure they have fun and a great first experience of the sport. Dynamos looks to build on skill development and provides opportunities to apply those skills in a fast-paced game environment.

Find out more on the Lincolnshire Cricket Website