The ECB has launched a new programme called Dynamos Cricket that will aim to inspire kids aged 8-11 to play cricket.
The programme will act as a next step in the progression of kids graduating from the existing All Stars Cricket scheme for 5-8 year-olds.
According to the ECB, up to 35,000 kids will take part in the new programme at one of two 6-12 week courses. The first course will begin in mid-May, while the other will run alongside The Hundred, beginning in July.
A statement from the ECB added that alongside the development of their cricketing skills, kids “will have the chance to play a fast-paced and exciting game of countdown cricket – a new format that mirrors The Hundred”.
In partnership with New Balance, every participant will receive a Dynamos shirt with their name and a number on the back, and access to the Dynamos app, which will provide cricket tips, activities and quizzes. In another link with The Hundred, kids will also receive Topps Cricket Attax trading cards that will feature players from the new 100-ball competition.
Programme participants will also be afforded the chance to apply for experiences at The Hundred, be it attending training sessions or taking part in Q&As with players. They will also have the opportunity to be involved at matches, including taking part in the guard of honour before the start of play.
Dynamos Cricket sessions will be run by trained, DBS-checked volunteers, with the ECB encouraging parents to get involved.
“2020 promises to be another unforgettable year for the game with the launch of The Hundred and Dynamos will give kids a chance to experience for themselves just how exciting cricket can be,” said Nick Pryde, the ECB’s director of participation and growth.
“Dynamos Cricket is a key part of our plans to grow the game in England and Wales and we hope that thousands of children will fall in love with the game this summer.”
More information can be found at dynamoscricket.co.uk.