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structure of cricket in UK

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Enhancing Performance From the 18th century cricket has been a most popular sport in England and has been played at every level of society across the country. Today cricket is being played worldwide with leading nations such as South Africa, Australia, India, Pakistan, and the West Indies. The main National Governing Body for cricket in England and Wales is known as the English Cricket Board or ECB and they are responsible for all aspects of cricket such as the running of professional leagues, coaching schemes in local areas, child protection acts within the sport and many other involvements. As well as the ECB there are also other local clubs and major county clubs around where a variation of training and coaching schemes are readily available at different levels. The new Riverside Training Centre at Durham CCC provides a state of the art environment for cricket coaching, coach education and small sided competitions. It provides the opportunity for the community to play cricket from schools, community clubs to professional. ...read more.

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Similar schemes aimed at youth cricket are also put into practice at other local clubs such as South Hetton CC and Eppleton CC. A lot of coaching schemes like these are available due to funding by a variation if different large organizations. It is said that over the next three years English cricket will receive �10.7million in Lottery funding through Sport England and the money provided to the ECB will be invested in grassroots and community cricket. Durham CCC as well as most other major county organizations support the ECB strategy in delivering the 7 steps of cricket development. This strategy focuses on developing the levels of those at grassroots through the different stages to make them better players. The stages which the ECB show involvement with are primary schools, secondary schools, clubs, district cricket, representative cricket, first class cricket and national squads. For young crickets who are particularly talented Durham CCC spreads its area of expertise to cover the county. ...read more.

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In 2003 there was a 33 per cent increase in the number of new clubs which catered for womens cricket., with many more girls playing the game at primary and secondary schools, and new club events at U15 and U13 level having joined the array of domestic competitions. Since the ECB took over the running of women's cricket in 1998 the number of women's clubs has risen steadily. And in 2003 the ECB announced there were in excess of two million participants in girls' cricket for the first time. The ECB not only shows a great interest in the development of womens cricket but as the governing body responsible for all cricket in England and Wales, the ECB produced an inclusive disabilities development plan in 2001 and set up an official disabilities sub- group. This provides a coordinated approach to advice and support for those with physical and learning disabilities, visual impairment and hearing impairment. Disabilities initiatives include the Disabilities Strategy, Disabilities Consultant, County Competition and Table Cricket. ?? ?? ?? ?? Callum Pringle ...read more.

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