The 2016-17 season saw almost one in ten Tasmanians participating in cricket, as cricket once again proved its role in engaging Tasmanian’s of all ages and genders as a “Sport for All” with today's Australian Cricket Census release showing participation targets smashed and numbers spilling over 43,000.
Cricket Tasmania Game & Market Development Manager Ben Smith said the figures prove that the continued investment in grassroots programs really is ensuring that cricket is Australia’s favourite sport.
“The growth in girls competitions has been great to see and highlights the role that the Growing Cricket for Girls funding has played in providing more opportunities at more clubs and schools for girls to play cricket with their friends.
“Women and girls competitions grew by 61% with a program available in every region of the state providing a very clear and accessible pathway for young players as they learn the skills and develop their game.
“Tasmania also played a lead role in the development of the revised junior formats pilot last year and we are confident the outstanding success of this program will see improved retention rates as players involved in junior club teams score more runs, take more wickets and participate in more active and engaging games every week.
“Young players need years to develop their skills and the junior formats are designed to help retain players in the game as they develop their skills and develop physically in preparation for the next stage,” he said.
The census process plays an important role in Cricket Tasmania’s strategic planning and the conversations with schools, clubs, associations and local and state government with the recently announced Southern Cricket Association partnership indicates where the ongoing growth of the game requires a greater investment in competition management, which will free up our volunteers to focus on their clubs.
It also highlights the importance of having reliable cricket infrastructure to ensure we can retain this growth in participation, with more details on Tasmania’s cricket infrastructure due to be released in the coming weeks.
There’s a participation opportunity available in every region, and for all age groups and abilities, and Cricket Tasmania encourages anyone looking to find out more to visit PlayCricket.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At playcricket.com.au people can find out all they need to know about how to get involved from MILO in2CRICKET (5-8 year-olds) and MILO T20 Blast (7-11 year olds) through to the revised junior formats club competitions, senior and veterans club cricket.
Tasmanian Snapshot | Participation hits 43,003 in the 2016-17 Season
- The annual Australian Cricket Census has revealed 43,003 participants played cricket in Tasmania in 2016-17 representing an overall growth of 12.5% on 2015-16.
- This was made up by 39,258 (+14%) participants playing outdoor formats and 3,745 playing the game indoors.
- A highlight for Tasmania is that female participation grew by 24% with an increasing number of Tasmanian females progressing into traditional Club and school competitions, with these growing by 61%.
- Currently 13,353 females participated in cricket making up 31% of all participation – One in three Tasmanian participants are women & girls.
-Within the overall figure, 10,755 (+2%) Tasmanians participated in traditional 11-a-side club cricket, whilst 24,824 (+24%) students participated in school settings.
-At the younger age groups 3,019 Tasmanian kids were involved in registered club and community Entry Level programs such as MILO T20 Blast and MILO in2Cricket.
About the Australian Cricket Census
The 2016-17 Census is the fifteenth annual auditing of Australian cricket participation. The Cricket Census has become an important information system for game development, setting targets, and monitoring successes and trends for the long‐term enhancement of Australian cricket.
A ‘participant’ is defined by the Australian Cricket Census as someone who participates in at least four sessions of a formal cricket program.
The 2016-17 census has been compiled by specialist researcher Street Ryan, with the cooperative efforts of Cricket Australia and each of the eight state and territory cricket associations.
The organisations are responsible for recording the number of programs, teams and registered players within their state/territory for each cricket program area.
Cricket Australia’s junior participation programs are supported by Nestlé and the Australian Government via the Australian Sports Commission. The Government support aims to get children healthy and active through participation in sport.
Street Ryan is responsible for the collection of participation figures for Australia’s major sports, including AFL, NRL, ARU, basketball, hockey and golf.