YOUNG people interested in cricket are invited to come along to a free information session at Hadlow College on March 14.

The session is open to children aged 14 to 16 years, their parents, cricket coaches and club representatives. It runs from 6.30-8pm and is free of charge.

It will introduce them to the benefits of the Young Leaders in Cricket course run by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.

The course itself, which is supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board, consists of three-hour workshops from April to July at local clubs, usually on mid-week evenings. The cost this year will be £50.

It offers a complete training programme including a Young Leaders Cricket Coaching Award; an introduction to umpiring and scoring; a workshop in groundsmanship; training in basic First Aid.

It also provides an opportunity to learn about the organisation of sports activities and helps young people to improve their leadership skills.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Maria Heslop, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to find out more about all aspects of cricket and a chance to gain a host of new skills relating to this most popular of games.