Get The Game On
Get The Game On is a new national ECB initiative designed to arrest a recent fall in the number of people playing cricket.
The scheme encourages everyone involved in the game to work together to make sure more games are played and lower the number of cancellations and conceded matches.
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The latest figures show a 7% drop in the number of players and a reduction of 13% in completed matches in the last season alone. Over the past 4 seasons there has been a 63% increase in the number of conceded fixtures.
Why has this problem arisen?
There a large number of reasons behind the drop in players from people living increasingly busy lives to a rise in games lost to the weather.
The ECB’s National Playing Survey highlighted that travel times, length of day and the format played all have an impact.
What can we do about it?
Our leagues underwent a major restructure in 2016 but there are a lot of other things we can all so. At the very least you can inspire others and make a real difference by getting out and getting the game on.
When captains, coaches, clubs, groundsmen, leagues, players and umpires work together to get the game on, everyone wins. Putting heads together to find a way to play means that we can be more flexible and inventive when it comes to the format of the game and when we choose to play.
Having the right equipment and skills to care for a ground when the weather won’t play ball is another crucial factor. For example, good quality covers can make a huge difference (see below for more details).
How will this help?
Very simply, the more games that are played the more likely players tare to choose cricket rather than make alternative plans. Cancellations and conceded games cause huge frustration for everyone involved and are a major factor that put people off committing to play regularly.
More cricket equals more revenue for clubs through their bar, a better social experience for playing and non-playing members and a chance for players to develop and improve.
What is the Gloucestershire Cricket Board doing to help?
The GCB’s strategy is closely aligned with the ECB’s goals of getting more cricket played.
We will be running Club Development Roadshows to better support our clubs.
And we have also chosen the beneficiaries of this year’s ECB Small Grant Scheme to be clubs who planned to use the funding to buy new covers and wet weather equipment as this directly effects the amount of cricket that can be played.
In total 20 clubs received grants of £1k-£4k (more than £59k in total) for a mixture of flat sheet and mobile covers and Bowdry water removal devices.
LET’S MAKE EVERY BALL, EVERY RUN, EVERY WICKET COUNT THIS SEASON!