Over the last two months, more than 400 children attended Summer Camps all around the county, with a mix of softball and hardball cricket being played.

Junior Participation Manager Matt Long thinks it’s been great having so many children enjoying their cricket over the summer.

“To see over 400 children attending the summer camps has been excellent and it has really shown that cricket within the county is going in the right direction.” Long said.

“It’s all about the children coming to these camps to have fun and enjoying their time with us.” He added.

One camp was held at Northamptonshire CCC and participants were treated to two player appearances, with Ollie Sale and Hassan Azad coming down to teach the kids some new skills throughout the day.

This year, there has been a big focus on introducing girls to cricket and giving them the opportunity to get involved. The Community Team ran five girls only camps (1 softball, 2 hardball, and 2 development) along with four mixed hardball camps and seven mixed softball camps.

These camps helped deliver cricket to 146 girls this summer, with many having the chance to meet a couple of Sunrisers players.

Steelbacks In The Community are also proud to say that over the course of the summer camps, 86 ECB funded bursary places were given out. In addition, 63 individuals were able to enjoy free spaces on the softball camps thanks to the Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF).

Thank you to all the venues across the county for hosting summer camps this year and to everyone involved in the organising and running of the camps across the summer.