#ThisGirlCan…Play Cricket!

It’s great to see the ECB getting behind Women’s Sports Week this week and going all out to encourage more women and girls to take up cricket.

While there are currently 565 women’s and girls’ clubs in England and Wales, it’s pretty clear that we can’t rest on our laurels. There are still loads of girls and women out there missing out on the best summer sport of all*, and here at CRICKETher we’re right behind the ECB in seeking to change that!

Why not get involved?

You could get your club to register online here to sign up for documents and resources suggesting new ways to attract women into cricket.

You could run a taster session at your club this summer, as a friendly way to encourage girls and women to get down to the club and have a go.

You and some friends (maybe some who have never played before) could sign up for one of four six/eight-a-side cricket festivals due to take place this summer – in Birmingham and St Albans on June 14, and Bristol and Tadcaster on June 21. There are links to sign up here.

And if you live in London, why not come along to the England Women masterclass at Hampstead Cricket Club on Sunday? From midday the best female cricketers in the country will be kick-starting Hampstead’s new women’s and girls’ coaching programme – who better to inspire them, and you, than Charlotte Edwards & co? It’ll be followed by a 25-over match, England Women vs Hampstead CC, which should be worth a watch!

CRICKETher might see you there – we’ll be heading down to Hampstead ourselves. Maybe CRICKETher’s editor will even be persuaded (after making a 9-ball duck the last time she played) to pick up a bat again.

After all… #ThisGirlCan, right?

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(*Best sport of all, full stop!)

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