CHIPPING Campden are launching a junior section for the 2015 season.

Girls and boys, from the ages of five to 11, are invited to the club on Fridays to experience the basics of cricket, make new friends and discover a new sport.

Sessions will take place from 6pm until 8pm from the beginning of May to the end of July and will be run by ECB-qualified coaches and volunteers.

The programme will start with an open day on Saturday at the Station Road ground.

There will be bouncy castles, cricket teas and an open bar, while children will be able to get an introduction to bowling, batting and fielding.

Juniors' founder Rob Costello said: “It’s been great to see the support we’ve had from the community.

"Everyone is getting behind the project and we’ve got an extremely strong team of volunteers and coaches to get the programme going.

"As a father of two, I am thrilled to see our local cricket club thriving and opening its doors to the next generation.

“We’re also extremely appreciative of all the help we’ve received from the Gloucestershire Cricket Board, who have supported us every step of the way in launching our junior section.”

Steve Silk, chief executive of Gloucestershire Cricket Board, said: “It’s fabulous to see what is going on at Chipping Campden at the moment.

"There is a real energy about the place and the team there are making great strides in bringing cricket to a new generation.

"They have our full support and we hope to see the fruits of their labours playing for the county in a decade’s time!”