ECB Cricket Factory
The ECB Cricket Factory Roadshow Tour in partnership with Yorkshire Bank presents a new approach to engaging young people into the sport.
The ECB Cricket Factory Roadshow is designed to give kids between the age of 4 and 18 a positive and fun experience that will encourage them to take up the sport, and provide them all with information relating to where they can go on to play and watch cricket in the future.
Throughout the year the ECB Cricket Factory Roadshow visits more than 50 high-profile events including major retail centres, Air Shows and County Festivals.
The Tour Rig provides a platform to allow young participants to perform a variety of cricket activities and challenge all the key basic skills: batting, bowling, throwing, catching and cricket related movement.
All the activities can be accessed by all participants (including the parents!) and each challenge can be modified to suit each individual’s level of skill or cricket experience.
Supported by local ECB coaches, the aim is to give all participants a positive and fun experience that will encourage them to take up the sport, and provide them all with information relating to where they can go on to play and watch cricket in the future.
The ECB Cricket Factory Tour is a public demonstration of the new ECB Long Term Athlete Development process giving young people the opportunity to experience the game at the right level for their particular level of skill, providing a positive learning process from the playground to the Test arena.
The ECB Cricket Factory comprises four main components:
Tactical Batting Zone – Batting / Movement / Balance skill test
Decisions! Decisions! A quick single run, through the gap for four or a massive hit for six! Watch out though you might get caught! Step up to the wicket and face all the challenges of the opening batsman.
Fast Fielding Zone - Catching / Movement / Balance skill test
You’re standing in the slips. It’s that crucial moment, the chance is yours, watch the ball off the rebound net as you move to take that important catch to dismiss their best player.
Wicket Zone - Fielding / Throwing skill test
You’re in the outfield - you’ve raced to collect the ball - the batsmen are running between the wickets. Which option - the gloves of the wicket keeper or middle stump! You decide - make your throw!
Bowling Target Zone - Bowling / Accuracy / Movement skill test
Keep the batsman guessing. Bowling down into the zone through the target maze, get the stumps in your sights and test your accuracy.
The ECB Cricket Factory Tour Rig utilises the Factory Eleven ‘Playsurround’. A flexible rig design that allows the Tour to visit a wide range of locations, both indoors and out, around England and Wales throughout this year!
From club outfields, school playgrounds, town centre market places to indoor retail centres the Tour, including a summer Beach Tour element across the south coast, will be taking cricket to a wide public audience throughout the summer giving thousands of young people the opportunity to experience the fun and challenge of cricket in stimulating Activity Play Zones
Importantly, the rig can be very flexible, some occasions one or other of the external games can be removed allowing it to fit into a smaller area.