CricStars is Aucklands only adapted cricket programme for kids with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
Our programme is fun, relaxed and driven by the needs of our participants. We use the core skills and values of cricket to improve our participants lives, and allow them an opportunity to fall in love with cricket.
We have three simple objectives:
1) To provide a well-run programme for kids with disabilities to access cricket.
2) To enhance gross and fine motorskills through cricket-based activities.
3) To give our participants and their families the opportunity to enjoy the social benefits of being a part of a sports club.
CricStars was started in 2022 at the Ellerslie Cricket Club. We have since delivered the program to many participants across two years.
Our programme is well supported and endorsed by our partners Aktive, Sport Auckland, Auckland Cricket, Disability Sport Auckland and the wider cricket community. We would love as many 5-21 year olds to be CricStars this summer!
Check out this great video from our 2022 programme!
CricStars will take place on six consecutive Sundays starting on February 18th 2024 and finishing on March 24th 2024. Times will be confirmed by each location but are typically 10am to 11am.
Thanks to the support of many organisations, we are expanding CricStars across Auckland to make CricStars more accessible. Our locations are:
1) Ellerslie Cricket Club (Central module and venue for the final day for all participants)
2) Howick-Pakuranga Cricket Club (Eastern module)
3) Suburbs New Lynn Cricket Club (Western module)
4) Birkenhead City Cricket Club (Northen module)
On the last Sunday all participants and their families will complete the final CricStars module at Ellerslie Cricket Club, where everyone will come together to show of your new cricket skills and celebrate the season with a prizegiving and barbeque.
Anyone up to the age of 21 can participate in CricStars and are able to register today. We encourage siblings of the participants to join in and provide a full family experience.
For the upcoming CricStars we will be politely asking for a koha of $20.00 to cover some of the costs with expanding the programme. What matters to us is that your child gets to participate. This koha is not compulsory and should only be paid if you are able to do so. For those who can pay, it will be collected during the CricStars programme.
A CricStars module starts with the head coach and all the participants looking at the storyboard and viewing what skills they will be learning today. They then go for a warm-up, which is followed by splitting into smaller groups and rotating around various fun, exciting games and drills involving batting, bowling, throwing, catching, stopping the ball, running, communicating and team skills. There is often a small drinks break half way through. On some weeks (not all) we will play a modified game of cricket where our participants get to have an introductory cricket game experience. At the conclusion of the module, the head coach will review each skill the participants has learned. Often our families will hang around to socialize and we usually provide a sausage sizzle or ice-block.
We provide all cricket equipment for our participants, so there is no need to purchase anything unless you choose to do so. The
Each club will have its own coaches available to run the weekly modules. These coaches are all trained and police-vetted.
Parents are very welcome to participate with their children and from our experience many like to get involved. But, you are just as welcome to sit back and relax in the sun. We ask that you do not leave your child at CricStars without appropriate supervision as we do not provide a one-on-one programme (we aim to run at 5 children to 1 coach/supervisor).
Cricket is a summer game but sometimes the weather conditions are not conducive for our participants to have the best cricket experience possible. You will hear by 9am Sunday morning if CricStars is cancelled. No news is good news!
Ellerslie Cricket Club, as founders of CricStars, administers and manages the programme. You will register for CricStars online using Ellerslies registration platform, PlayHQ, and Ellerslie will be your single port of call to ensure your needs are met and expectations are exceeded. To register, click on the link below or at the top of the page.
We ask for details in the registration form regarding the participant, their needs and what you/they are wanting to get out of CricStars. CricStars includes participants who are diverse in their abilities and goals, so it's important we are fully prepared to welcome them.
If you have any further questions - please contact us using the form below, or email our Club Manager, Hamish Dickason, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Hamish on
021 873 150.