Women and Girls cricket is a huge growth area in the game and it’s something as a committee that we’re always being asked about. It’s also something that we’ve been working on behind the scenes for some time, with all girls teams we’ve coached over the last couple of years doing well in local and regional competitions and in 2009, we also entered an all girls 8-a-side team in the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues. Since 2009, we have operated all girls coaching sessions in local secondary schools and have introduced cricket to girls through the kwik cricket competitions too. After learning lots of things about how we approach training and match situations, it’s now time for us to begin the process of starting a women and girls section for the club, aligned with our established strategy.
As women’s and girls cricket is effectively a start up project for us, it will be incubated as one of our development initiatives until such time as it can support itself as is currently the case with “The Academy” and our key facilities projects. A major benefit is that much of the establishment work has already been done, with the appointment of Head coach Jason McNally and an assistant coach from the women’s first class game, existing school partnerships and extra facilities provision.
Initially, we will operate a simple introduction to cricket programme split into two sections by age group. One group will provide for younger children and the other covering a smaller group of older girls and adults wanting to learn the game. As numbers grow and we become established, we will operate Girls cricket at U11, U13 and U15 as well as a women’s team.
As a club we have become skilled at accommodating people of all ages, abilities and availabilities and that will as ever be at the core of our offering. Culturally, that is of great importance to us.
Our first job over the next 3 to 4 weeks is to actively market women and girls cricket and to build a database of people interested in playing so we can get an understanding of potential numbers and preferred times for training sessions.
Do you want to play cricket? Do you know anyone who does? Contact Jon Little email@example.com for more details!