In February, close to 30 different clubs were represented at the Female Cricket Engagement evening run at the County Ground, Beckenham.
This reflects the growing trend in the willingness to grow female cricket across our County and it was fantastic to witness the sharing of advice from established female clubs to those looking to start up a new female section.
Alongside an update on female development within Kent Schools, Clubs and Performance Cricket, Clubs were also updated on female coaching, engaging with the 2017 Women’s World Cup and the upcoming priorities for the ECB.
Linda Bowen from Bells Yew Green CC spoke about the benefits of setting up a separate girls section, growing the girl’s confidence and showing flexibility with their other commitments.
Mike Askew shared experience of running a successful Women’s Cricket Team, putting on separate training, praising the girls, gaining mutual support from the men’s club and the importance of female role models.
Andy Todd from Canterbury District Squad taught us the benefits of working in collaboration with other clubs to set up a District Girls squad allowing the girls to ‘belong’ in a female team and play competitive cricket.
Finally Tunbridge Wells CC rounded off the evening with Andrew Cloke and Stephen Green talking about the multiple benefits of welcoming female cricketers, the improved ability to attract sponsorship and the enrichment of volunteers for the club.
Kent Cricket would like to extend thanks to all the clubs involved in the evening and to the County Ground, Beckenham for the use of the facility.
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