Australian Cricket Fears Missing Generation After COVID-19

Australian cricket could suffer from a “missing generation” of children entering the game after initial junior program attendance fell by 15,000 last season due to the coronavirus pandemic. While club players have returned in droves after Covid lockdowns, Cricket Australia’s annual survey revealed a worrying drop in children aged 12 and under who tried cricket during Australia’s 2021-22 summer.

“This has created a challenge to ensure there is no missing generation and increased participation from 5 to 12 year olds is an important part of Australian cricket’s soon to be released strategy,” the governing body said at the end of Wednesday. .

James Allsopp, head of the community branch of Cricket Australia, told reporters that cricket was a difficult sport to practice if “you haven’t developed the basic movement skills at a young age”.

“And we have some very strong data showing that if you haven’t played cricket and learned the skills of the game before you’re 12, you’re less likely to start playing cricket as a teenager or an adult.

“Some of the things we do, and what we build into the strategy, are designed to make sure we can turn this around so we don’t miss a generation of new entrants, we’re just missing a year,” he says. added.

“That’s the problem we’re determined to solve over the next 12 months.”

Despite a decline in the number of beginners taking up cricket, total registered attendance grew 11 percent year-on-year to 598,931, although this was still 16 percent below pre-Covid numbers.

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The increase in the number of women playing the game continued and the registered participation of women increased by 12,000 year-over-year to 71,300.

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