Girls cricket in South Ribble on the up
South Ribble Cricket Development Group increases number of girls playing cricket and receives sponsorship for the girls’ district squads.
As part of their development plan, South Ribble Cricket Development Group has increased its number of girls’ teams from one in 2010 to three in 2011. This will hopefully build on the success the U11s had in 2010 when they reached the finals of the Lancashire Girls District competition.
During the winter months, indoor training sessions were held at Wellfield High School in Leyland. Girls from local clubs and schools within South Ribble were identified and invited by LCB Cricket Development Coach for the area Mark Cookson.
Mark explained: “This venture is something the South Ribble Cricket Development Group has looked to run for a while now and having a structured coaching programme in place within the schools has helped massively.
He continued: “Very few girls moved on from schools cricket to club cricket, however the formation of an U11s girls team, through the Chance to Shine programme at Leyland CC in 2010 and the setting up of a Senior Women’s section at Vernon Carus CC, has allowed girls of all ages to now make this step. It is hoped other clubs within South Ribble will look at setting up their own junior girls’ teams so more girls can get involved in cricket.”
South Ribble CDG now has teams at U11s, U13s and U15s and all 3 teams have been entered into the recently formed Lancashire Girls District Cricket Partnership competition.
Sponsorship deal further boosts girls cricket
This year sees girls cricket receive a further boost as South Ribble CDG unveil a new Sponsorship deal for the girls’ teams from a local businessman Steve Ward, Managing Director of Ad-Options Limited (www.businessgiftuk.com).
The sponsorship has helped with the purchase of shirts and caps for the three squads and an application has been submitted to Sport England through the ‘Sportivate’ programme which will help with the continuation of this development.
Steve commented: “There has been a lot of good work in recent years, developing junior cricket in this area. We were pleased to show some support from the business community by donating some printed polo shirts to the new girls’ teams. We wish them every success this summer.”
Report written by Mark Cookson – LCB CDC (South Ribble)
Pictured is Steve Ward (left) shaking hands with with LCB CDC Mark Cookson, Abi Bates (U11s coach second from left) and girls from the U15s squad. Thanks also go to Steve Robinson (U13s Coach) and Dave Rees who help with umpiring at the competitions.