[lead]The Leadon Vale League is launching a new competition to encourage more youngsters in the Forest of Dean to play cricket.[/lead]
The Forest Bash will consist of four under nine festivals held at locations across the district.
The soft ball competitions are for boys and girls, with the focus on maximising the opportunities for young people to play in competitive matches.
The festivals will be held at Corse and Staunton, Cinderford, Dymock and Westbury-on-Severn with dates set to be finalised in the New Year.
Host clubs will be encouraged to bring the festivals to life by creating a vibrant atmosphere both on and off the field.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) projects and programmes officer Chris Munden said:
“The Forest Bash is a great idea and we are delighted to be able to support the Leadon Vale League in getting it off the ground.
“The Forest has proved a challenging area in which to develop and grow the game, so we welcome innovative new projects like this which aim to help our clubs attract and retain young players.
“The festivals will offer a great opportunity for children to get a fun first taste of competitive cricket and I would urge all the clubs in the area to get involved.”
For more information or to get involved please contact Adrian Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07933 331275.