The Club is keen to get more women getting active and having a go at learning cricket. We have seen the impact Covid has had on mental and physical health and want be to be able to get more women involved in playing a really social sport enablling them to get more healthy both physically and mentally. The increase in Soft Ball cricket for women has seen a great starter into the sport and we want to get more women having a go. We have seen an appetite for this at a taster session and want to encourage and develop this further. The project will enable the Club to provide easy access sessions that help overcome the usual factors when accessing sport (childcare, cost and lack of equipment)
The goal is to see an increase in women attending the women cricket sessions and playing matches. The taster session we ran last summer saw women take part for the first time and have fun we want to expand this and turn these ladies into regular attendees. The funding will enable us to pay expenses for our volunteer coaches to give a great positive experience to the women taking part (some for the 1st time). It would be used to provide a mini creche for any women where childcare is a barrier for them accessing the sessions. The funding would enable the sessions to be provided at minimal cost and also enable the Club to buy more equipment for the ladies to use.
The Club has a massive focus on cricket being a sport for everyone. We already have females playing in Saturday senior cricket, which is seen as predominately as a male environment but the Club is a massive believer that cricket is one of the few sports that is not gender based. We have plans for the future to improvement and have a separate female changing facility. The Club sees the increase in female participation at the Club as a key goal for 2022 and beyond. The Club has a female level 2 coach something that will also help encourage women to take part.