Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world.

More than a hundred cricket-playing nations are recognised by the International Cricket Council.

Cricket is a social, fun and friendly sport that can be played by people of any ability.

If you think cricket is played on grass with a hard ball in just the summer; and think a game takes several hours, think again!

There are exciting social and recreational games that can be played either indoors or outdoors with a hard or softball. The time to play can vary but there are formats which can be played between 45 minutes and 3 hours.

Why is it good for me?

Whether you’re batting, bowling or fielding, some of the key benefits include:

  • Cardiovascular exercise
  • Improves agility
  • Great for hand-eye coordination
  • Team spirit and the social side of cricket is very strong
  • Promotes good sportsmanship
  • Develops concentration levels
  • Helps with developing skills and there are lots of volunteer opportunities

How much does it cost?

The cost of a cricket session varies. Some clubs offer taster sessions and these can be free, there are pay as you play opportunities; and clubs offer reduced membership to encourage new members.

What equipment do you need?

When you start playing cricket it doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t need lots of specialist equipment so don’t be put off by seeing cricketers lugging huge bags of kit around!

As a starting point all you’ll need is:

  • Shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt
  • Comfortable trainers

The session coach or activator will provide things like softballs and bats for your session.

Getting started

Whether you’re an adult looking to play local club cricket, or trying to find a park or centre to play for fun, Cricket has a variety of formats to suit all ages and abilities. If you’re new to cricket, would like to get your kids involved or you’re keen to return to playing, there will be an opportunity for you. See below links.