Setting up a Girls Section at your club
SETTING UP A GIRL'S SECTION
With the introduction of All Stars and Dynamos, many clubs have seen an increase in the number of girls engaging in cricket. Following on from this clubs have seen an increased demand for girls wanting to play cricket, especially in girl only teams.
The focus within the ECB is to ensure that cricket is the game for everyone and this is reflected in their emphasis on women and girl's cricket and the fact that, as a club, it is very difficult to access funding streams without offering either of these options.
In order to create a more sustainable and diverse playing landscape, Herefordshire Cricket actively support all clubs to set up a girl's section and provide clubs with meaningful paying opportunities either as a team entering in the Junior League or with other girls teams across the county.
As well as direct support with clubs, we also work with primary and secondary schools through the Chance to Shine programme to promote cricket to girls so that they can see that cricket is a game for them and they know where they can play.
Whilst we support a club to set up a girls section in any age group, the ideal would be to start at the under 11 age group. This can be through Dynamos or as girl only training at your club. This will also mean that you will have a group of girls that will travel up the age groups and sustain your girl playing base.
If your club as a large number of girls that attend All Stars or Dynamos, then now is the ideal time to get in touch with Pete Gale, the Women and Girl's Development Officer to see how Herefordshire Cricket can support you to achieve this.
Further information on setting up your girls section here
Tunbridge Wells case study here
Jim Sandford - Interim Chair