Cricket participation has experienced strong growth, with both females and males, according to figures released today in the 2017-18 National Cricket Census.
One of the key highlights of the census revealed that 35 percent of cricket’s participant base are females, with strong growth over the previous year.
This participation increase is one of the highest year-on-year growth figures Cricket Australia has ever experienced.
The census also revealed a record-breaking 47,832 Tasmanians have actively engaged in cricket competitions or programs - an increase of 11 percent from the previous year.
This includes 19,122 players engaging in regular competitions or club-based programs at a junior and senior level.
Speaking on these results, Cricket Tasmania’s Chief Executive Officer Nick Cummins said:
"We are determined to be Tasmania’s favourite sport and are delighted to see the number of Tasmanians playing cricket continues to grow year on year."
"To have nearly 48,000 Tasmanians participating in cricket last season is a fantastic result, providing the foundation for the ongoing strength of the game.
"We are working hard with our community associations and clubs, to ensure we support them to provide the best possible playing opportunities, using the best possible facilities.
"We are particularly pleased with 41 new junior girls teams, creating a pathway for the next Katelyn Fryett or Brooke Hepburn.
"This growth could not have been achieved without our clubs, associations and schools, our dedicated volunteers, coaches and umpires, who all make an invaluable contribution in ensuring the quality of the experience for those that pick up a bat and ball each season.
About the Australian Cricket Census
The 2017-18 National Cricket Census is the 15th annual auditing of Australian cricket participation.
The census has become an important information tool for game development, setting targets, and monitoring successes and trends for the long‐term enhancement of Australian cricket.
In 2017-18 we automated the majority of the data collection and have increased the accuracy of the information relative to previous years.
'Total Participation' is defined as a combination of a school program participant and a player.
A 'School Program Participant' is someone who participates for at least four sessions in a formal school cricket program.
A 'Player' is defined as someone who competes in a cricket competition whether at school, club or indoor at least four times, or a registered player in a club entry level program for at least four sessions.
The 2017-18 census has been assembled by compiling data from Cricket Australia systems, which are then ratified by specialist researchers Street Ryan, in partnership with Cricket Australia and each of the eight State and Territory Cricket Associations.
Each association is responsible for recording the number of programs, teams and registered players within their State or Territory.
Cricket Australia’s junior participation programs are supported by Woolworths in 2018-19 and the Australian Government via the Australian Sports Commission.
The Government supports aims to get children healthy and active through participation in sport.
Street Ryan is responsible for collecting participation figures for Australia’s major sports including the AFL, NRL, ARU, basketball, hockey and golf.
To view the Census statistics from around Australia, please follow the link to Cricket Australia's report on the Census HERE.