231,712 participants played cricket in NSW in 2011-12 – a 2.91% increase on 2010-11 – the annual Australian Cricket Census has revealed.
195,027 (+0.60%) participants played outdoor formats, 36,685 (+17.22%) played the game indoors and 59,473 (+25.17%) boys and girls aged five to ten took part in entry level MILO In2CRICKET programs.
100,938 people participated in traditional 11-a-side club cricket in 2011-12, across 220 associations and 1,245 clubs. Over the past decade, outdoor participation has grown 4.27% in New South Wales.
Cricket NSW Game Development Manager Cameron French was delighted with the result: “It is pleasing to see a positive growth result in New South Wales, driven by increased entry level participation.
The recent Cricket Australia Roadshow has provided CNSW with a clear blueprint to build the capacity of our club network and ensure people have a lifelong association with the game. In partnership with our cricket communities we are committed to enhancing participant recruitment, retention, female engagement, volunteer recognition and facility development. Addressing these items will ensure continued growth in future seasons”.
Nationwide, 880,291 participants played cricket in 2011-12, a 3.54% increase on 2010-11.
682,109 (+2.98%) participants played outdoor formats, 198,182 (+5.53%) played the game indoors and 163,329 (+28.32%) took part in entry level MILO in2CRICKET programs.
In a sign of cricket’s growing popularity among females, female participation jumped significantly in the past 12 months, recording a 26.93% increase to 150,178, or 17.1% of the 880,291 participants.
313,536 people participated in club cricket in 2011-12 across 570 associations and 3,820 clubs. 2,359 coaches and 257 umpires administered the game in 2011-12.
The 2011-12 Australian Cricket Census is the tenth analysis of cricket participation. In the decade that data has been collected, outdoor participation has grown from 464,253 to 682,109, a 4.37% per annum increase (note. Indoor participation was first measured in 2010-11).
A ‘participant’ is defined by the Australian Cricket Census as someone that participates in at least four sessions of a cricket program.
The census is compiled by specialist auditor Street Ryan, with the cooperative efforts of Cricket Australia and each of its state and territory affiliates.
These organisations are responsible for recording the number of programs, teams and registered players within their state/territory for each cricket program area.