NSW and ACT number one region for playing cricket
August 04, 2015
Cricket in NSW and the ACT has never been more popular with 354,304 Australians taking part in the sport last summer, making it the number one region for cricket participation in the country.
The Australian Cricket Census, released today, has revealed that a record 1.2 million Australians participated in cricket in the last year, which according to the research makes it the country’s highest participation sport.
Cricketers from NSW and the ACT currently make up 29% of the National playing population, an increase of 12.2% from the 2013/14 season. The last 12 months has also seen a 12.7% increase in the number of players involved in traditional junior club cricket.
The big gains have been made in the areas of school cricket, which experienced a 22.4% increase, and the MILO T20 Blast program which saw a staggering increase of 287% in just its second season.
Part of the appeal of the MILO T20 Blast is the alignment of the program with the KFC T20 Big Bash, with boys and girls given the opportunity to align with either the Sydney Sixers or Sydney Thunder.
In 2013/14 there were 860 MILO T20 Blast participants across NSW and the ACT, of which 33 were girls. In 12 months this figure has increased to 3,326 participants with 550 girls now involved in the sport.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones was delighted with the participation growth across NSW and the ACT following a large investment by Cricket NSW, Cricket ACT and Cricket Australia to deliver programs across the region.
“Boosting participation has been a major focus of ours for the last two years. Through our partnership with Cricket ACT, we now have 21 Regional Cricket Managers across NSW and ACT to support clubs, associations and schools and we are seeing the result of this in latest census figures.
“The KFC T20 Big Bash League has also played a major part in encouraging young boys and girls to get involved in cricket. It is very pleasing to see a large increase in the number of girls who have embraced MILO T20 Blast and I am sure that we’ll see that number continue to climb with the advent of the Women’s Big Bash League this summer,” he said.
The release of the census data comes at a time when clubs are starting to recruit players of all ages and abilities ahead of the 2015/16 season. To find your local club visit www.playcricket.com.au.