Cricket participation in South Australia has continued to go from strength to strength according to the latest annual cricket census results, with South Australia registering a 9.5 per cent increase on last year’s record-breaking total.
Altogether South Australia registered 123,538 participants in 2016-17 compared to last year’s record of 112,823 participants.
The census also revealed the ongoing growth of girls and women’s cricket in South Australia, with 34,049 women and girls participating in various forms of the game last year – an increase of 27.6 per cent increase on 2015-16.
SACA General Manager of Game and Market Development, Shane Bernhardt, said the results of the census were pleasing given the SACA’s focus on female engagement in recent years.
“The ongoing growth in girls and women’s cricket is a key focus of the SACA, which has been evident by the measures we’ve put in place and the results we can see in the census,” he said.
“The implementation of 52 new girls teams through our Strikers Girls Cricket Leagues around the state and the establishment of the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund are two examples of ways in which SACA and Australian cricket are committed to ensuring cricket is a sport for all.”
Also notable amongst the census results was the rise in participants taking part in the modified junior cricket formats for primary-aged girls and boys - a national initiative piloted by the Murray Towns Cricket Association in South Australia.
“We were naturally delighted when Murray Towns Cricket Association piloted the recommendations of the new Junior Formats a season ahead of planned, resulting in significant growth in the number of participants within their junior programs,” Mr Bernhardt said.
“We are confident that many other associations will follow Murray Towns’ lead in 2017/18 and expect that junior club cricket participation across SA will increase further.
“Overall it’s been a very satisfying year with our staff supporting cricket participation while working with stakeholders to build knowledge of the exciting changes and opportunities in Junior Cricket.”
South Australia’s results reflect the growth of cricket participation around the country, with Cricket Australia’s 1.4 million registered participants in 2016-17 marking an increase of nine per cent on last year’s figures.
Cricket participation in South Australia has now risen by 58.3 per cent since 2010-11.
Cricket Australia annual cricket census results