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South Australian cricket participation hits 100,000

August 04, 2015

Cricket is being played in record numbers across South Australia according to independent participation figures announced by Cricket Australia today.

The Australian Cricket Census has revealed that a record 1.2 million Australians participated in cricket in the past year – an increase of nine per cent since last year.

Participation in South Australia has exceeded 100,000 for the very first time, an increase of almost 40,000 in the last three years.

The Census, independently conducted by specialist researcher Street Ryan, confirms cricket as Australia’s number one participation sport.

Female, schools and junior programs experienced the highest rates of growth, underpinning the overall record number of participants.

For the second consecutive year, the growth of female participation increased significantly, growing by 18 per cent year on year to reach 290,566 participants.

Nearly one in four of cricket’s participants are now female.

Australian Cricket also reached new levels in Indigenous and multicultural participation, which reached 26,427 and 146,658 participants, respectively.

These figures are consistent with the strong growth seen in South Australia, where participation has increased by 9.82% year on year, now with 104,919 players across the state in 2014-15.

The 100,000 figure was achieved ahead of the original target, with significant growth in schools (16.6%) and club and community cricket (4.58%).

The roll out of the T20 Blast program has seen a spike in participation with a 67.39% increase, a reflection on the growing popularity of the shorter format of the game and the success of the Adelaide Strikers.

The release of the 2014-15 Australian Cricket Census coincides with National PlayCricket Registration Drive, Australian Cricket’s national participation campaign that calls on Australians to sign up to play cricket in 2015.

SACA Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw, praised the efforts of SACA’s game development programs in achieving record numbers in South Australia.

“This is the first time that we have cracked the 100,000 participation figure in South Australia,” Bradshaw said.