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25 Jul 2019
Cricket World Cup legacy: one million children activated during seven-week tournament

The Cricket World Cup is set to provide English cricket a participation boost, as the tournament's legacy programmes saw more than one million children aged five to 12 connect with the sport during the competition.

The seven-week tournament – which concluded in July with an unforgettable final between England and New Zealand – was hosted in partnership by The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The partners have now hailed the event's legacy plans, which were designed to ensure young people "fall in love with cricket" – creating the next generation of players.

Legacy plans included involving thousands of schools across the England in Kwik Cricket competitions and games organised by the Chance To Shine charity – an initiative which engaged more than 700,000 children and 12,000 teachers in the sport.

More than 12,000 children were also given the unique opportunity to experience the spectacle of live international cricket, thanks to an initiative to provide young people with free tickets to World Cup games.

To ensure clubs continue to benefit from the increased interest in the sport, ECB has made a multi-million-pound investment directly into clubs through the World Cup Small Grants Scheme.

The scheme has already helped 3,000 recreational clubs throw open their doors throughout the tournament, giving over 80,000 young people the opportunity to be introduced to the sport.

ECB will continue to build on the momentum from the tournament and grow the game through a variety of initiatives including its introductory All Stars Cricket programme for five to eight-year olds.

To accompany this, later this year the ECB will launch a major new schools strategy with the aim of doubling cricket participation in primary schools – bringing cricket to the playgrounds and playing fields of schools across England and Wales.

ECB will also invest £20m to transform the women’s and girls’ game, creating a clear pathway from young girls playing All Stars Cricket to the England cricket team.

“We set ourselves the ambitious target of connecting with one million young people and we are delighted to have met our goal ahead of time," said ECB chief executive officer, Tom Harrison.

“This has only been possible thanks to the hard work of people right across the game. Our five-year strategy, Inspiring Generations, will build on this as we look to continue to grow the game and engage more young people in the sport.”

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18 Oct 2019
FIBO reveals details for Southeast Asia event: Singapore picked as host
The first-ever FIBO Southeast Asia fitness event will be held in Singapore next year.
16 Oct 2019
Planning application submitted for Birmingham's £70m Commonwealth Games stadium
Proposals for the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham have been submitted to the city council’s planning department.
16 Oct 2019
Noel Asmar Group launches new textile recycling initiative for hotels and spas
Uniform manufacturer Noel Asmar Group has launched a new sustainability initiative, Hospitality Lifecycle, a textile recycling programme for hotels and spas.
15 Oct 2019
Seth Mattison to deliver keynote at first ISPA Talent Symposium
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced Seth Mattison, an international expert on workforce trends and strategy, as its keynote speaker at the ISPA Talent Symposium which is taking place on 15 April 2020.
15 Oct 2019
GWI report: global physical activity sector worth US$828bn
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14 Oct 2019
CIDESCO announces new board appointments at 67th World Congress
CIDESCO International, the standards setter for the global spa and beauty industries, has announced that Sandy Fuhr has been elected as its new president.
11 Oct 2019
Three rising stars named winners of Future Fit Training's Legacy Award
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Don Quixote, suffragettes and puppets who come to life: Aufguss World Championships get creative
For the first time, a woman has been crowned top aufguss master in the world at the Aufguss World Championships, held last month at the newly built Spa Berendonck in The Netherlands.
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