Get into Cricket 2.0

Get into Cricket initiative centred around training, developing, and rewarding young people at your club across all areas of the game.
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On the back of the success in its first year, Get into Cricket is back and its bigger and better than before.

So, what are you waiting for…? 2024 is the year that YOU can start your journey as a cricket volunteer.

Our exciting programme inspires Young Leaders aged 14 to 18 (school years 9 to 13) to ‘Get into Cricket’ volunteering and will provide individuals with a toolkit of qualifications that will directly support their development.  Involvement will also benefit the clubs they’re involved in by encouraging participants to start volunteering immediately, with incentives to complete and log voluntary hours.

The launch of Get into Cricket in 2023 inspired…


voluntary hours completed

During Get into Cricket you will work through the following mandatory workshops:

  1. All Stars Cricket & Dynamos Cricket Activators Course (Coaching)
  2. Introduction to Umpiring
  3. Introduction to Scoring
  4. The Grounds Management Association Workshop
  5. Certificate in Emergency First Aid
  6. Nutrition and Health Workshop
  7. Digital Marketing – New in 2024
  8. Safeguarding – New in 2024

The whole programme will only cost £30 per participant.

Courses close to you… The Foundation aim to make the course accessible throughout Gloucestershire where we will deliver strategically placed courses, one per district and there will be 15 places available per course.

Get into Cricket will encourage you to use the qualifications you obtain on the course to complete voluntary hours back at your cricket club.

Once you have completed all of the modules, the Foundation will offer you tickets to watch Gloucestershire CCC play in the Metro Bank One Day Cup as a way of rewarding you for your commitment.  On reaching 20 hours, signed off by a club official, you will receive a Get into Cricket t-shirt from the Foundation’s partners Gray-Nicolls.  Furthermore, on completion of 40 hours, you’ll get a Get into Cricket hoodie.  In addition, the course will dovetail nicely with completing voluntary hours as part of other award schemes such as, the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Cricket Players (SVG)

“The Get into Cricket Scheme has been fantastic for our club.

It has been the perfect way for some of our keen wannabe youth coaches to access a variety of courses and contribute to the club.  Ideal for those wanting to complete aspects of their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering too.

We found that it made a huge difference to what we were able to offer our younger age groups this season.  It allowed Get into Cricket volunteers to support Under 7s and Under 9s at our weekly Friday training as well as at our summer camps alongside our qualified coaches, which was brilliant as it helped continuity of friendly faces for our younger ones transitioning to summer camps for the very first time.

Huge thanks to Gareth and all at GCF.  I’m already promoting it for our U15 squad to take part next season.  It’s a great initiative which should be applauded.”

Youth Manager Poulton CC
Youth Manager

“I really enjoyed taking part in the Get into Cricket scheme.

The training sessions were interesting and taught me a lot about different aspects of the club I’d never realised about before. It gave me confidence to help out with coaching sessions and around the ground too. It was a great way to get to know other players as well and I’m keen to consider more in-depth coaching courses in the future.”

U15 Get into Cricket participant Poulton CC
U15 Get into Cricket participant
Cricket Collective Awards 2023 Get into Cricket T-shirt

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer

Gareth joined the GCB in 2016 and progressed into his current role as Workforce Development Officer in 2021. His main roles are being the main point of contact for the ECB on all Coach Development matters and grow the number of active coaches across the County of Gloucestershire.

Additionally, he will support the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO) in developing an Officials Strategy that aims to grow the number of officials across the game. Increase the number of courses that are available to potential officials and work with GACO to transition volunteers from ‘course takers’ to ‘standing officials’.

Support the Gloucestershire Grounds Association in developing a programme of activity that supports ground staff across each year. Coordinate and manage both national and local Reward and Recognition events for all groups of volunteers. On top of practical delivery in schools, he will work with teachers to enhance their cricket delivery and work with universities/colleges to provide opportunities for students to gain qualifications and coaching experience.

Gareth is a Liverpool FC fan, a big follower of cricket around the world and plays his cricket at Hatherley & Reddings.

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer