We got feedback from our 2018 summer programme and realised that there was a demand for hardball cricket before the end of the year. We ran a pilot course branded the Junior Falcons on a Friday evening at the Elite Performance Centre at The County Ground. The demand was so high that we had to put on another evening so that we could accommodate everyone who wanted to attend. Having the course at The County Ground meant that we were able to use specialist equipment and managed to use some guest coaches from the County Club. We also ran a Mini Falcons course for softball players also at the county ground. We managed to engage with 90 children over the 3 courses, delivering cricket to boys and girls that wouldn’t have been involved in the game otherwise.
During the February half term, we ran specialist bowling, batting and wicket keeping sessions with the help of County Club coaches and players. They brought with them the skills and drills that they use for our 65 participants to take back home and to their club.
In the May half term we ran a Junior Falcons course again at The County Ground, giving 24 children access to the new facilities, including the outfield and the outdoor nets.
Summer saw the success of the World Cup and Ashes fever take over our Summer Falcons Courses. We saw over 300 children at our courses throughout the 6 weeks holidays at venues all over the county. There was some issues with the weather, but we did our best to get the game on.
We start our Winter Falcons this week with 90 children again engaged with cricket at the County Ground. We are also looking at ways of expanding the programme so that more people can access the course in the different districts across the county!