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Grassroots Development in Cricket

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ATEEQ RASHID P.E TASK 4 LOCAL AND NATIONAL PROVISION Grassroots Development The national governing body for cricket is the ECB (English And Wales Cricket Board). The ECB commits 11% of its broadcast revenue to funding grassroots cricket. Over the past four years, the Cricket Foundation, which supports grassroots development activities has spent over �12 million supporting local clubs, coaches, teachers, and parents to enable youngsters to play cricket. Also, the government's announcement that �750 million from the 'New Opportunities Fund' will be allocated to upgrade and refurbish sports facilities in schools. The investment is urgently needed and the ECB is keen to work with local authorities in helping to determine where the money is sent. There are many schemes run by the ECB to increase the development of cricket. Recently, the ECB launched a package called 'Howzat'. This is an educational resource pack for teachers. It was developed in collaborations with educationalists and fully conforms to the national curriculum. Various initiatives such as Inter-cricket and Kwik-cricket are excellent for youngsters who are new to the game. Inter cricket can be played in the playground, on grass, indoors or outdoors, it therefore underlies the ECB's commitment to promoting the game to people in the inner city areas and ethnic minorities. Kwik cricket resembles cricket but without the complex rules and the hard ball. Kwik cricket is easy to understand and very enjoyable to play. ...read more.

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Sports Aid Foundation The Sports Aid Foundation is an independent charity, which provides financial support for young people with identified sporting potential. The money it distributes is raised from the private sector through donations, promotions and events. The Sports Aid Foundation works with the ECB to identify suitable applicants to grant aid. The ECB is responsible for the distribution of application forms. The Cricket Foundation The Cricket Foundation receives funding of �2.5 millions annually for the development and progress of the game at grassroots level. Only County Boards are eligible for the annual development funding awards upon submission of applications for a variety of development activities. The award embrace funding towards: * County Development Officer Employment. * County representative age range matches and coaching. * Cricket in schools. * Club development. * Support of individuals on course for coaches, groundsmen, umpires, teaches, administrators, parents, etc. Provision For Male And Female Competitors The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is formed with the woman's Cricket Association (WCA) to run the provision for female competitors in cricket. This has strengthened the ECB's strategy to encourage the provision of more facilities, and more playing opportunities for women and girls. County Boards and County Development Officers are taking the lead in encouraging and promoting women and girls cricket. Some Counties are taking on additional County Development Officers with special responsibility for women's cricket. ...read more.

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There are over 12 sports grounds which allow cricket matches to be held and the conditions of the ground are very high. Although there are very good provision for men women, and elite performers, I feel that the provision for disabled participants is very limited. There are only two or three clubs that allow disabled participants to play cricket. However, there is access for disabled participants through private organisations in the borough but the costs are very high. Overall, the Walthamforest borough provides a lot of opportunities to play cricket and the access of facilities and the opportunities to participate are excellent. However, the provision of disabled cricket is not very good, and their needs to be more opportunities or clubs for involvement in cricket for disabled cricket. Conclusion The cricketing schemes and policies of the ECB mean that there is good involvement for girls and boys and that the game is being spread to inner-city areas. The access for facilities is excellent and there is many clubs which means that people can play cricket whenever they like. Also, the points above such as the provision of male and female are excellent and they provide opportunities to play cricket. However, like I stated above, there needs to be more clubs and opportunities for disabled participants. The funding of cricket is very good. Many additional bodies give money and help with the grassroots development in cricket. The national strategy contributes well to the structure of cricket as it provides a guideline to participants and enables them to progress further. ...read more.

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