Celebrating International Women’s Day in Shropshire

To mark International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the huge growth in Women & Girls’ Cricket in Shropshire.
There are now more players, teams and competitions for women and girls to get involved in – with a packed programme lined up this Summer.
To coincide with International Women’s Day, we have produced a newsletter which can be downloaded via the link below and which looks at:

  • Summer Hardball leagues for both Women & Girls
  • Summer Softball leagues Women and Girls
  • Softball Cricket Festivals
  • Indoor Leagues
  • Our Secondary Schools Delivery for girls
  • A Women & Girls Activator Course
  • The ECB Foundation Coach Course which is available next month
  • The Women & Girls Forum

The big growth in Women and Girls’ cricket in Shropshire is also reflected in the dynamics at Cricket Shropshire.
Three out of eight Board members are female, as are half of the Board’s staff – a big change over the last ten years.
This year we have also set up the Women & Girls Forum to share views and experiences of females involved in cricket within in Shropshire.
This includes:

  • Players – those playing in mixed gender teams
  • Club environment/culture – experience of club committees
  • Officials – umpires and scorers
  • Other aspects people feel need addressing to improve and engage more females

Women and Girls’ Officer Katie Rushton said: “There have now been two meetings, the first involved a small group of ladies who were mainly involved in Open Age cricket on a Saturday. 
“Broad discussions were had surrounding several topics which impacted their engagement and enjoyment of cricket.
“Following on from this and a broader promotion of the Forum and its aims to the larger Women & Girls network, we set a date for a second meeting which took place recently.
“It was well attended by fourteen females all with varying involvements within the game. 
“This variety enabled to topics of conversation to be broad and beneficial in highlighting the thoughts of females involved in cricket from across the county. 
“Following the meeting the aim is to generate actions to be completed as opposed to the sharing of formal minutes. 
“These surround the playing offer, working to avoid fixture clashes and pitch access, and the involvement/inclusion of women and girls in club development and club committee structure. 
“This will help us work to ensure cricket in Shropshire is as accessible to women and girls as possible.”
If anyone has any questions about Women & Girls’ cricket in Shropshire, they can contact Katie via katie.rushton@shropshirecricketboard.co.uk
To download the newsletter see the link below.

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