BCS Intra College Sport - Indoor Cricket
BCS offer an Intra College Sport programme called Indoor 24
ECB & BCS Cricket Offier
Coaching: All participating FEIs will receive 3 weeks coaching courtesy of ECB and the local County Cricket Board. Delivery will be as follows:
Week One – coach runs a session for the SMT and volunteers to showcase the game and to provide training to those that will run the intra mural competition.
Week Two – coach leads a ‘drop in’ taster session to potential players. Basic drills but mostly match play.
Week Three – volunteers lead a second ‘drop in’ taster session focussed on match play, under the supervision of the coach. The volunteer ‘activators’ must remember that they are not coaches – they purely encourage and organise people to play.
Week Four onwards – volunteers own the sessions and can run more ‘drop ins’ (without coaching) to raise the profile or go straight into the intra mural league with teams formed and fixtures created.
Inter College Competition: Once intra mural leagues are set up, we will create a pathway to a County / Regional Final, held where possible, at an indoor venue attached to a 1st Class Cricket County Club. The National Final will be held at Lord’s.
Equipment: Easy Cricket kit bag – includes two Kashmir willow bats, stumps, balls and activator game cards.
Marketing and on-going support:
- Empty belly posters
- Access to promo video via weblink
- Facebook site
- Virtual League (and biggest league wins a prize)
For the SMT and volunteers:
- ECB T-shirts (BCS, ECB logos)
- Access to the vCricket Awards (kit, certificates)
- Potential tickets for County matches (for all) and International matches (for selected volunteers only).
- Fast track to other opportunities within the ECB (volunteering, attending events etc)
If you are interested in cricket opportunties for your College please contact your local Regional Co-ordinator (please click here for your regional co-oridnators contact details)
The Origins of Cricket
It is believed that cricket probably originated from Northern Europe and possibly dates back as far as the Dark Ages. It is widely acknowledged that cricket was derived from a popular pastime, played by children, which involved one player serving up an object, probably a ball of rags or wool, for someone else to hit with an appropriate club. However, how and when the game became similar to the one we recognise today, where the person with the club defends a target, is also not known. It is thought that cricket survived as a children's game for many centuries before it became popular with adults around the start of the 17th century.
Also in the 17th century, cricket was introduced to North America via the English colonies and in 1844 the first international game was played between Canada and America at the St George’s Cricket Club in New York. This was followed in 1877 by the first international test match which was played between Australia and England and was won by Australia.
Cricket has continued to flourish throughout the centuries and it is estimated that there are currently 250,000 adults playing cricket at club level in England and Wales, approximately 250,000 juniors in schools and clubs and about 400 county level players.
If you are interested in playing cricket in your College please find out more details about Indoor24, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s FE offer, here.