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#ECB: Improving grassroots cricket – the National Cricket Playing Survey

England’s cricket governing body is calling on recreational players across the country to have their say and influence the future of cricket with its third annual National Cricket Playing Survey.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is encouraging leagues of all sizes from across the UK to introduce innovative formats, rule changes, different start times, shorter travel distances to matches and greater opportunities for women, girls and disability cricketers to play the game.

The 2015 survey is now open and aims to generate new and innovative ideas which will help to retain existing players and increase take-up of the sport.

Every player, from Premier League cricketers to the occasional Sunday friendly player, is being urged to have their say on all aspects of the recreational game.

“The survey is a great way for players of all ages and experience to give feedback, make suggestions and actively influence the future of the amateur game”, said Gordon Hollins, Chief Operation Officer, ECB.

“Whether it’s varying match times, changing formats or experimenting with rule changes, we’re open to all ideas which will help boost participation and we would urge every player to have their say and help shape the future of grassroots cricket”, Mr Hollins added.

In 2014, more than 37,000 current and former players nationwide responded to the survey – giving the ECB a fresh insight into how best to improve and support the grassroots game.

Among the changes introduced based on player feedback over the last 12 months include localizing leagues and divisions in a bid to reduce game day travel times and shorter format games as well as 6-a-side games.

Some 100 leagues have also signed up to the ECB’s ‘Get the Game On’ campaign to look at ways in which more games get played including flexible rules and provision in the case of wet weather.

Take part in the survey here.

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