Australian Cricket Census Unveils Record Participation, Growth In Female Players
The Australian Cricket Census has revealed that a record 951,933 participants played cricket at local grounds, schools and indoor centers across Australia in '12-13. The overall national growth of 8.2% is underpinned by significant growth in female, club cricket and entry-level participation. Female participation grew a further 18.8% to 178,416. Females now make up almost 19% of cricket’s participants. After a small dip last year, club cricket rebounded with a growth of 1.7%, with 318,830 participants across 577 associations and 3,737 clubs. Entry-level participation grew by 47.9%, while indoor cricket numbers remain strong at 177,962. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said, "The significant entry-level growth shows that Australian kids have a passion for cricket and our junior programs are attracting them to our game." He added, "Increased female participation enhances cricket’s standing as a sport for all Australians. Meanwhile club cricket continues to be the heart and soul of our game" (Cricket Australia).