[lead] The New Year is bringing more opportunities for Gloucestershire’s women and girls to get involved with cricket than ever before.[/lead]
With taster sessions, revamped competitions and the chance to volunteer at Women’s World Cup matches, there are events to suit everyone from keen cricketers to people who have never played the game before.
One of the most exciting developments for 2017 is the introduction of new “come and try” projects in Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham (see attached flyers).
The fun, softball sessions offer basic coaching and games for women (aged 15+) who haven’t played before, are new to cricket, or returning after a significant absence. No kit or prior knowledge is required and the focus is on having an enjoyable experience of the game in a relaxed, social environment.
Led by qualified coaches, they follow on from the success of a similar scheme in Bristol last year. For testimonials from these sessions please see below.
The Gloucester sessions will take place at Gloucester Academy from 7pm-9pm, starting on February 6 and running every Monday for eight weeks. The Stroud project is also on Mondays and runs from February 20 to April 3, 6.30pm-8pm. . Come and Try sessions start at All Saints Academy, Cheltenham on Feb 24 and run weekly until March 31- 6.30pm-8pm. The cost of each session is £2 per person.
Players are welcome to turn up on the night but if you would like more information please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also plans to run another Bristol project prior to the start of the season.
Other new schemes in 2017 include a new indoor league for Gloucestershire and Somerset clubs which starts on January 22 at Merchant’s Academy Sports Centre in Withywood.
There are also plans to revamp the Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls T20 league with coloured clothing, pink balls music and off-the-field activities like barbecues and club social events.
Another exciting development is the first ever Storm Champions project, run by the GCB, Western Storm and the Somerset Cricket Board. The scheme offers 24 women from Glos and Somerset clubs the chance to gain new skills and improve their knowledge through two day-long workshops.The days include introductions to umpiring, scoring and an ECB Coach Support Workers course.
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With eight Women’s World Cup games in Bristol, the second Kia Super League and a wide range of new playing and volunteer opportunities, 2017 is promising to be an exciting year for women’s and girls cricket in Gloucestershire.
“Whether you are an experienced player, existing fan or are completely new to the game there are a number of fantastic ways to get involved throughout the year.
“I am particularly looking forward to the new come and try session in Gloucester and Stroud which start next month. Hopefully they will bring new people to the game and help us continue to grow and improve women’s and girls’ cricket in Gloucestershire.”
Come and Try Testimonials
The Marshfield Maidens really enjoyed the opportunity to train with County coaches and to meet and mix with women from teams in our local area. It was aimed at our level and flexible and friendly enough that when one team was short of a player someone from another team would get involved. It really boosted the interest of a core group of our squad in playing cricket and helped us go into the summer season with more people already engaged and wanting to play. Jane Christie, Marshfield CC.
There was something for everyone, from new players to the more experienced ones, and using the softball meant that you could hit it as hard as you like without damaging anything (or anyone!). The mass warm ups allowed everyone to mix in and get to know each other, whilst maintaining some friendly rivalry and competition. Skill and confidence levels visibly increased over the 8 weeks. The sessions also helped with players understanding of the game, this was carried over into our outdoor matches in the summer. Janet Street, Bristol YMCA CC.