We’ve had a chat with Cheshire Cricket Board (CCB) about their ‘Girls-only’ Summer Holiday Courses, here’s what they had to say.
Why host ‘Girls-only’ courses?
- CCB are supporting English Cricket Board’s This Girl Can … Play Cricket campaign in an effort to boost participation at cricket clubs within the county.
- Cheshire is already a leading County within women’s and girl’s cricket in England, with established senior and junior leagues offering competitive playing opportunities for all ages.
- We hope the Summer Holiday Courses will motivate, engage and inspire attendance through a series of fun games and competitions that will offer everyone an opportunity to succeed.
Is this the first time you have offered summer ‘Girls-Only courses’?
- Yes, this is a new venture for CCB.
- We do run ‘Girls-only’ indoor sessions (Advanced Coaching) during the winter, but these are ‘invite only’ for players.
- The summer camps are aimed at player development rather than performance, giving girls the opportunity to experience a new sport and make new friends at the same time.
- Girls are also welcome to attend our generic week-long Summer Holiday Courses (and many do), and we hope that the buzz from the Girls-only sessions will inspire more girls to continue playing.
Why does CCB want to encourage girls into cricket?
- CCBoard are determined to increase participation across all sections of the community, with a particular focus on Women’s and Girls cricket.
- We recognise the enormous potential for growth in this sector, and have the infrastructure in place to support girls on their journey through the game.
- For those looking for competitive playing opportunities, we have a recognised talent pathway that leads from grass roots to the international arena; we have a current England Women’s player in Sophie Ecclestone.
- For those looking for a new hobby, there are plenty of social opportunities with clubs throughout the County hosting weekly training sessions for Women and Girls of all ages.
Cheshire Cricket Board said:
“The timing could not be more perfect for Women and Girls to get involved in cricket in Cheshire. Not only have we just celebrated Sky Sports Women’s Cricket Week, but Cheshire can now boast a full senior Women’s international in 17-year-old Sophie Ecclestone.
Sophie came through the Player Pathway here in Cheshire, and her meteoric rise to the top of the Women’s game will be a great source of inspiration and motivation to the next generation of female players in our County. Clubs across Cheshire have been opening their doors to new female members, and we are starting to see new junior teams emerge in areas where there had been little activity previously.
Throughout the summer we hope to inspire even more girls to pick up a bat and ball, and would love to see as many new faces as possible on our Summer holiday Courses”