Cricket bats for player recordsCricket in Australia claims a record as “one of the most popular and highest participation sports with 1,311,184 playing around the nation last year.”
The record sees an 8.5 percent increase since 2014-15, currently placing cricket as the number one participation sport in Australia, proudly reports Cricket Australia.
Female participation also reached record figures in 2015-16, growing nine per cent to 314,936 – 24 per cent of all players in the sport and included 581 girls and women’s teams playing 11-a-side cricket at clubs.
The National Cricket Census is conducted by independent researcher Street Ryan, also responsible for auditing Australia’s other major participation sports, including AFL, NRL, ARU, basketball, hockey and golf.
The release of the 2015-16 Australian Cricket Census coincides with the National PlayCricket registration drive and television campaign.
On the back of strengthening cricket’s pathway from MILO in2CRICKET through MILO T20 Blast and junior club participation, club and community participation jumped 9.5 per cent to 454,657 in the past 12 months.
Juniors aged 5?12 years contributed 59.4 per cent of all 2015?16 participants.
Club and community participation was spread across 422 associations and 3,741 clubs nationwide.
School and Indoor participation also enjoyed strong growth in the census, achieving between 7.5 per cent and 9.9 per cent growth.
Cricket also reports an increase in multicultural participation (28 percent), indigenous (40 percent) and disability (70 percent) from the last census.
Players are supported by an army of more than 50,000 volunteers and millions of fans have turned out to games, including international cricket and the Big Bash Leagues, along with a burgeoning television audience.
The 2015-16 census is the 14th annual auditing of Australian cricket participation – described as “an important information system for game development, setting targets, and monitoring successes and trends for the long?term enhancement of Australian cricket.”
A ‘participant’ is defined by the Australian Cricket Census as someone who takes part in at least four sessions of a formal cricket programme.