The ECB and ICC today announced their strategic plan to use the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to boost cricket participation and help drive the long-term growth of the game in England and Wales.
It will use the iconic global sporting event – the biggest prize in world cricket – to inspire and engage 1 million young people, aged between 5 and 12, during the next year.
A core pillar of this plan is the Cricket World Cup Schools Programme which launched today and will aim to engage over 700,000 school children across England and Wales in conjunction with Chance to Shine, an ICC statement said.
The launch event was held at Lord’s Cricket Ground – host venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup Final on July 14, 2019 – where current England players David
Willey and Heather Knight joined former cricketers Isa Guha and Graeme Swann along with local school children from St. Edwards Primary School. Together, they took part in a classroom session, using cricket as an educational tool; one key element of the World Cup Schools Programme where teachers can sign up to an online portal full of lesson ideas that take cricket into the classroom.
The strategy builds on the wider ECB framework of Cricket Unleashed and supporting the South Asian Action Plan launched earlier this year the strategy has
four key aims to drive growth throughout the game: Creating stronger, diverse, family-friendly clubs: A World Cup Small Grants Scheme will see £1,000 grants made available for 3,000 recreational cricket clubs and 3,000 clubs will throw open their doors for special Cricket World Cup events.
Expanding the reach, relevance and scale of cricket within 8,000 primary schools: A World Cup Schools Programme – developed in conjunction with Chance to Shine – to bring cricket to the playground and classroom. It will engage up to 15,000 teachers through the Cricket World Cup teachers’ portal and offer World Cup Kwik Cricket competitions in schools.
Expanding the accessibility of All Stars Cricket: The ECB’s flagship entry-level scheme for 5-8-year-olds will benefit from a ICC Cricket World Cup take-over to further extend the reach of the programme. This will be coupled with a commitment to drive the growth of All Stars Cricket in inner-city areas in conjunction with the South Asian Action Plan. Attract new fans: Engaging families in cricket through the ICC Cricket World Cup by tailored marketing, in-stadium experiences and out-of-venue activities ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said, “Having the ICC Cricket World Cup played here in England and Wales gives us a once-in-generation opportunity. We must turn the excitement of a World Cup on home soil into a guaranteed route to draw more players and volunteers to recreational cricket.
“Cricket can inspire its next generation of fans and players by taking the tournament into clubs, playgrounds and classrooms across England and Wales and we will be working hard together to make the most of this moment,” Harrison said. ICC Managing Director Steve Elworthy said, “The ICC Cricket World Cup arrives
back to England and Wales for the first time in 20 years and now is the time to seize this priceless opportunity and use the tournament as a platform for growth to create a new generation of fans and players.”