Australian cricket may be dealing with a “lost generation” of young players after the coronavirus epidemic last season caused a 15,000 drop in first-time participation in junior programs.
Australian cricket may be dealing with a “lost generation” of young players after the coronavirus epidemic last season caused a 15,000 drop in first-time participation in junior programs. Even if the number of club players has significantly increased since Covid lockdowns. Cricket Of Australia’s annual survey, a worrying reduction in young children under the age of 12 was found. And under trying cricket in Australia in the summer of 2021–2022.
The next Australian cricket plan emphasizes increased participation among children between the ages of 5 and 12. This is a crucial part of the strategy. The executive body made the announcement late on Wednesday. According to the group, “this has created a challenge to prevent a lost generation.”
Cricket can be difficult to play if “you haven’t learned the essential movement talents from an early age.” According to James Allsopp, who oversees Cricket Australia’s community program.
As a result, playing cricket as a sport as an adolescent or adult is less likely. If they are younger than 12 years old, haven’t played the game and developed the required skills.
He stated, “The things we’re doing and implementing into the strategy are focused to make sure we can turn this around so we only miss a year and not a generation of new participants.
We intend to address that issue throughout the course of the upcoming year, she said.
Even though the number of new players fell, overall cricket participation increased by 11% annually to 598,931, which was still 16% below pre-Covid levels.
Due to the growing interest that women have in the game, the number of registered female players has climbed by 12,000 years over year to 71,300.