Cricket participation in Australia and, New South Wales in particular, have reached record highs with a significant increase in the involvement of women and girls, according to the 2017/18 Cricket Australia National Cricket Census.
Participation across the country increased by 9% last season to nearly 1.6 million people with involvement in NSW/ACT growing by 5.1% reaching a new record of 414,265 cricketers. Six in every 10 new participants in Australia were women or girls with 357 new teams created in NSW/ACT for females.
According to the Census, this national increase is one of the highest year-on-year growth figures recorded. NSW/ACT accounted for 27% of the nation’s total participants equal with Victoria as the most in the country.
Junior female players in NSW grew by 19% to 11,403 players. Many of these cricketers participated in Sydney Sixers and Thunder girls cricket leagues which increased from 162 to 310 teams last season.
Schools Program Participants also increased significantly by 21% to 205,542.