The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) is hoping to build on the success of its Women’s Softball Festivals with the launch of its 2019 indoor leagues.
The three competitions will be held at Hartpury College, The Cotswold School and Winterbourne Academy in the New Year after a tremendous summer where more than 500 women from 35 different teams took part.
GCB growth development officer Scott Tremain said: “After such an amazing season we want to maintain the momentum behind the Women’s Softball programme. The number of festivals and teams taking part more than doubled from 2017 and there were 374 more players.
“The indoor leagues are a great way for teams to stay together during the winter or a way to attract new players ahead of next summer. They proved really popular last year and we hope they will mirror the outdoor festivals by going from strength-to-strength.”
The format for each of the indoor leagues is 6-a-side, pairs cricket, using a softball. All equipment will be provided with matches costing £30 per team. To view the rules in full click the link.Soft Ball Indoor League Rules
The leagues all start in January and run until March. For more info see below:
- The Winterbourne Academy league will run from 3pm-5pm very Sunday from January 13 to March 17.
- The Cotswold School league will take place on Fridays from 6pm-9pm from January 11 to March 15.
- The Hartpury College league starts on Friday January 25 and runs each week up to and including March 1 (6pm-9pm).
To enter a team clubs need to visit http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/sbqqtl
2018 was the second year of the ECB’s Women’s Softball Festivals – an initiative to designed to give women a fun, friendly format of cricket designed to attract new and returning players of all abilities to the game.
Gloucestershire hosted nine festivals at venues right across the county including Brislington, Westbury-On-Severn, Cirencester and Dumbleton/Broadway.
Teams who took part were entitled to four weeks of coaching from qualified GCB coaches and a free kit bag. 15 clubs took advantage of this in 2018 – up from 13 in 2017. In total 35 teams played in at least one festival, 31 from cricket clubs and four from other groups eg a team of school teachers and a ladies only gym.
For more information on the indoor leagues or any details relating to Women’s Softball Festivals in Gloucestershire please email Scott at email@example.com or ring him on 07958271414.