Children and participating clubs receive All Stars kit to help deliver the programme

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has launched a grassroots programme for five- to eight-year-olds, with the aim to get 50,000 more youngsters participating in the game this summer.

All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course that will be introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport.

Children will receive a backpack of cricket gear, while participating clubs will be given kit to deliver the programme and training for volunteers.

From Monday, 20 March, parents can register their children via the ECB website