The ECB has launched a new app, Dynamos Cricket, to help keep children active during the lockdown period.
The free app targets children aged eight and over, and provides them with cricket skills, games and quizzes that they can do at home, without the need for a lot of space or equipment.
Alongside the launch of the app, the governing body for cricket in England and Wales has also released results of a survey which reveals that the lockdown may change families’ attitudes to exercise and activity.
The ECB says many parents have been turning to digital platforms to keep their children active, with 85% of parents saying that their child has increased digital use to aid physical activity.
53% of parents, meanwhile, say they are spending more time doing physical activities with their children than before the lockdown and 61% plan to continue exercising as a family after lockdown ends.
Nick Pryde, ECB Director of Participation and Growth said, “Sport is clearly providing families with some much-needed relief during lockdown. As restrictions begin to ease, we hope the app will help kids to have fun whilst picking up some cricket skills.
“We continue to follow government advice and we are doing our utmost to find a way to run the Dynamos Cricket programme as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Former England cricketer Ian Bell, who has been using the app with his children, said: “We’ve tried to be as active as possible with our kids during this period. It has been a challenge but spending quality time with them has been one of the real bright spots. The Dynamos app is a great way for us to keep active as a family and we’ve been having a lot of fun using it.”
The Dynamos app teaches children techniques in batting, bowling and fielding, with skills videos and interactive quizzes providing interactive ways to get the whole family involved.
The app is part of the wider Dynamos Cricket programme that launched earlier in 2020 for children aged 8-11. The eight-week programme is aimed at those new to the game or those graduating from All Stars Cricket.