Town council grants £2,000 to support children’s initiatives at Alfreton Cricket Club

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Tue 23rd November 2021

Young cricketers in Alfreton are set to benefit from a £2,000 funding boost from the town council.

Alfreton Town Council has granted £2,000 to Alfreton Cricket Club to support two of its junior programmes – All Stars and Dynamo’s.

All Stars is aimed at children aged five to eight and introduces them to cricket.

According to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB): “All Stars is all about giving children the best first experience of the sport, with an emphasis on fun.

“Children will learn fundamental movement skills including catching, throwing and batting.”

Dynamos is for children who have graduated from the All Stars programme and are aged between eight and 11.

Tom Cooke, secretary of Alfreton Cricket Club, said: “Everyone at Alfreton Cricket Club was delighted to hear the news that Alfreton Town Council had provided funding for our All Stars and Dynamos initiatives.

“The junior section of the cricket club is vital to the ongoing success of the club and the help given by the council will enable the club to purchase equipment and deliver coaching.

“The All Stars and Dynamos initiatives, introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board, are the bedrock of the recreational cricket pyramid and from this introduction to cricket, Alfreton CC hope to nurture their own stars of the future.

“The support that Alfreton Town Council has made to the cricket club’s junior section over a number of years, cannot be underestimated, so many of our current senior first team players, started in our junior section and benefitted from the council’s commitment to wellbeing and leisure activities.

“We cannot thank them enough.”

Councillor Scott Walker, leader of Alfreton Town Council, said: “We hope the summer will give the club maximum opportunity to provide training for young people who have been locked away for many months, unable to play any sport.

“It’s important now more than ever that we help and support their efforts.”