A full-house is anticipated at Sandy Park on Thursday night for the Game Wide Conference organised by the Devon Cricket Board.
Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the ECB, and the ECB's women’s cricket director and former national captain Claire Connor are the headline speakers at the conference.
All clubs and cricket-related bodies in Devon – umpires, coaches, age-group teams, leagues and county sides – have been invited and are encouraged to attend the conference.
At least 200 club representatives are expected at the conference. Anyone interested in attending should register on-line here. Please ensure you register before attending so that you receive full details!
Harrison will be introducing the ECB’s latest vision for the game, Inspiring Generations, which aims to make cricket more accessible to players and supporters.
ECB are striving for current and future generations to say 'cricket is a game for me' and develop a life-long interest in the game.
Broadcaster Mark Tyler is the host for the evening and will be running a question-and-answer session with Harrison after he has presented the ECB's ambitious plans for the game.
To ensure the maximum number of questions can be posed, and to avoid duplicating answers, conference organisers have asked for questions to be submitted in advance using this dedicated email address. Questions will not be taken from the floor on the evening, so you are urged to submit them beforehand.
Matt Theedom, the cricket development manager for Devon, will then introduce the next element of the conference, which will focus on supporting clubs to be safe and to have a positive digital foot print.
Before the conference breaks up into specific seminar groups to look at other areas of interest, delegates will hear some exciting news from the Devon Cricket Board.
Theedom wants to save exact details for the conference, but has dropped some hints.
“There will be an exciting announcement about a new partnership with Somerset and Andy Hurry (Somerset’s director of cricket) will be joining us to talk about that,” said Theedom.
“There will be news for clubs about grant aid and a new development for our talented young players – male and female – to ensure the best coaches have contact time with the best young players.”