[lead]The Cotswold District Cricket Association (CDCA) is launching a brand new scheme to encourage girls to take up the game.[/lead]
Following on from the success of its Women’s League which was launched in 2013, the CDCA is now targeting younger players by holding a series of Under 13 festivals at clubs across the district.
The first of the five festivals – which are six a side and will played with a soft ball – will take place at Poulton CC on June 4. The other venues are Fairford CC (June 11), Cirencester CC (July 2), Bourton Vale CC (July 16) and Great Rissingon CC (August 13).
The festivals are open to existing girls clubs, but also to groups of girls who may not have played before and want to give cricket a try. The format is six-a-side, pairs cricket to ensure that games are action-packed and everyone gets to bat and bowl. The festivals are designed to give players the chance to play several matches on each day.
Louise Finday-Wilson chair of women and girls cricket at the CDCA said:
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“The six-a-side festivals are designed to get more girls playing more cricket in the Cotswolds region. They will be an ideal and fun introduction for girls who are new to the game; equally the tournaments will provide great, additional competitive fixtures those girls who already play but want to play more.
“A few years ago we trialled just two tournaments for women, out of which our thriving CDCA women’s league was spawned. We now want to do the same for girls’ cricket.”
The CDCA Under 13 festivals initiative is part of a huge summer for women and girls cricket in Gloucestershire. The Brightside Ground, Bristol is hosting eight ICC Women’s World Cup matches as well as one of the Western Storm’s Kia Super League games. 2017 will also see the Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) launch a series of women’s softball festivals designed to get more women playing and revamp its Under 15 club T20 tournament to include coloured kit, music and the razzamatazz of professional T20 competitions.
GCB women and girls officer Lisa Pagett said she welcomed the introduction of the new CDCA festivals.
She said: “It is fantastic to see a new girls’ cricket initiative taking place in the Cotswolds. The CDCA have been incredibly successful in the creation of the CDCA Women’s league and it is wonderful to see yet more positive leadership from the CDCA in driving girls’ cricket forward at a local level.
“2017 is shaping up to be the biggest summer ever for women and girls cricket with more opportunities to play or watch than ever before.
“We are set for a really exciting few months that hopefully will create a long-lasting legacy for the women and girls game here in Gloucestershire.”
For more information or to register a player/team for one of the festivals please contact Louise Findlay-Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07909963655.