A total of 201,882 West Australians participated in cricket over the past 12 months, showing an eight per cent increase on the previous year and representing 13 per cent of the national total.

This includes 137,148 participants engaging in cricket programs in schools and 64,793 players involved in regular competitions or club-based programs at junior and senior level.

One of the key highlights of the census revealed a 30 per cent growth in female junior club players to reach a total of 2,238 girls 17 years and younger.

This trend is reflected throughout the cricket pathway with 42 per cent of overall participation growth recorded in females. Across the whole country six in every 10 new participants are women and girls.

WACA run programs including the Perth Scorchers Culture Cup, Integrated Cricket League and the Balladong Cricket Academy have helped to grow diversity in cricket across the state, leading to a 13 percent increase of players across female, disability, Aboriginal and multicultural backgrounds.

The increase in participants reinforces the importance of last week’s funding commitment. In partnership with Cricket Australia, the state and territory associations, announced investing $35 million over the next three years to significantly grow and support community cricket.

Speaking on the results, WACA Chief Executive Officer, Christina Matthews said:

“We are excited to see the number of West Australians playing cricket continue to grow year-on-year. To have almost a quarter of a million participants is a fantastic result and highlights the passion that we have for cricket here in the West,” she said.

“We have more women and girls playing than ever before in both junior and senior club competitions creating opportunities for the next Nicole Bolton or Meg Lanning to learn the game.

“School programs participation has grown by 13 per cent and it’s pleasing to see a 47 per cent increase in the number of School Ambassadors. We now have 967 School Ambassadors working with cricket throughout WA.”

Other key statics from the National Cricket Census include the following:

• 39,828 Club and Community Players
• 21,323 Indoor Cricket Players
• 6,642 Entry Program Players, expected to be bigger and better due to Woolworths partnership.
• 3,101 accredited Coaches and 530 accredited umpires