The hunt for the future stars of the game has been going on at Thame Town Cricket Club, over the last 2 months. The brand-new ECB-inspired programme – ‘All Stars Cricket’ – has been taking place at Church Meadow on Friday nights, as well as at hundreds of other clubs around the country! The future stars, aged 5-8, girls and boys, have been flooding in with their personalised kit bags, shirts, bats and balls and have been learning the arts of batting, bowling and fielding, all in a fun and engaging way! The initiative, which we hope to continue next year, aims to provide thousands of children with the opportunity to learn about cricket, meet new friends and catch the cricket “bug”. All Stars Cricket is not only a fun first-experience of cricket, but it also gets them more active and provides the first steps on the national cricket pathway.
The club has benefited from an improved network of people getting involved with the club, not just through the kids (anything up to 42 girls and boys on certain weeks) but through parents as well! Parents have been encouraged to get involved and be close to the action, while enjoying some cold beverages from our bar on a beautiful Summer Friday night!
We would like to thank all the volunteers from the club who have helped make this happen. The coaches – Paddy Harris, Angus Lachlan, Will Sutcliffe, Andy Jinman, John Patey, Dan Patey, Ian McStay, Adam Phippen, Lewis Ludlam, Christian Warwick and Liam Evans. The bar staff – Joe Phippen, Danny Thompson and John Phippen, plus the lead organisers Matt Swain and Sheena Beard. Sheena and Sally Patey also acted as Chefs, in the kitchen, providing very welcome hot dogs and burgers at the end of the session!