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Local and National Provision For Cricket.

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Local and National Provision For Cricket Grassroots 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. 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. Among Primary School Initiatives such as Kwik Cricket or HOWZAT! 1st innings, have been introduced which are small sided quick version of cricket played with plastic equipment. Which is aimed to encourage young children to take part in cricket. In Secondary Schools Kwik cricket is developed further with the introduction of harder balls and more realistic rules and is known as HOWZAT! 2nd innings. Additionally Inter cricket has also been developed 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. Sponsors such as Natwest bank, One 2 One, Vodaphone, Pepsi, etc play a vital role in grassroots development. ...read more.

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here is to achieve consistently high levels of success on the international stage, within the framework of the ICC in a manner, which develops a strong sense of national pride in the England representative teams. Additional Agencies and Funding There are many additional agencies and bodies to help with the development and funding of cricket. Cricket like most sport has sponsors who provide funding for the sport. Npower and vodafone sponsors the national team and the four day county game is sponsored by Frizzell and the one day format by Norwich Union. These provide valuable finances which without the game could not go ahead. Cricket also receives money from BSKYB and Channel 4 for television rights. 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 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. ...read more.

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Therefore, a 5-year plan has been formed by the ECB. In this plan it includes: * To increase the number of people with disabilities participating in cricket. * This objective includes participation as umpires scores, administrators and * groundsmen as well as active players. * To improve the skill and standards of all those participating in the game by * Monitoring performance and identifying talent. * To provide the opportunity for cricketers with disabilities to attain success at all levels up to and including, international competitions by organised programmes of competitive matches, leagues, tournaments, championships, and international matches. * To ensure the provision of appropriate facilities in terms of access, equipment, pitches, and support services to enable the game to be played safely and successfully at all levels and in all forms. Analysis 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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