A SCHEME which aims to provide children with an introduction to cricket is taking place at a host of Herefordshire clubs this summer.

The All Stars Cricket entry level participation programme is aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket, all centres start in mid May and provide between eight and 10 weeks of coaching.

The programme focuses on developing movement skills and in a fun and active way. Each centre is safe and fully accredited with trained Activators leading the sessions.

This year the sessions will have a Cricket World Cup theme to run alongside the England and Wales based Tournament starting on May 30.

Parents can register their children to join the All Stars Scheme by logging on to the All Stars Cricket website and putting their postcode in and find their nearest centre at: www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars

HCL Operations Director Steve Watkins said: "All the information is there, they can find the centre, the dates and times of sessions, pay on-line and order their kit which then arrives directly to their home.

"The clubs will provide these kids and families with a great experience so they want to come back. Cricket teaches nine out of the ten fundamental skills plus all the advantages of making new friends, learning and taking part in fun, active, safe sessions.

"Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to your door."

All Stars centres are at the following clubs - Bartestree & Lugwardine CC, Burghill, Tillington & Weobley CC, Brockhampton CC, Bromyard CC, Eastnor CC, Luctonians CC, Ross On Wye CC, Wormelow CC with other centres at Lord Scudamore School and Herefordshire Cricket Centre.

Alternatively for more information you can give Herefordshire Cricket a call on 01432 275189 or send an email HerefordshireCB@ecb.co.uk.