These Doncaster girls can...play cricket!
Doncaster Town Cricket Club are certainly doing their bit to help motivate and inspire more girls to play cricket.
To mark the start of Women’s Sport Week, and also building on the success of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) this week announced a series of opportunities and initiatives aimed at getting more women and girls into the sport.
It is also hoped this summer’s Women’s Ashes, to be held in England, will help inspire more females to take up the game.
Doncaster’s ladies team, captained by former England international Bev Nicholson, were formed last year and recently launched their Yorkshire Women’s Regional League Division Two campaign with a win at Scholes.
The team practice on Tuesday nights at Doncaster’s Town Field base and would welcome new players of all ages.
Coach Nick Johnson said: “We’ve got a great group of girls here and the onus is on having fun, learning new skills and keeping fit.
“Ladies of any age are very welcome to come and join us on a Tuesday night.
“It’s obviously great to have someone of Bev’s experience out there in the middle with the girls. She is someone the girls can learn from and look up to.
“I’d also like to thank our sponsors for 2015, Absolute Cabs and Smith Craven Accountants. I really appreciate their support and belief in us.”
The ECB, meanwhile, is encouraging cricket clubs up and down the country to register online (http://www.ecb.co.uk/ecb/one-game/this-girl-can) to be part of a nationwide push to inspire more women and girls to get into the game.
ECB’s director of England women’s cricket, Clare Connor, said: “Over the last decade significant steps have been taken to increase female participation within cricket, and the number of clubs offering cricket to women and girls has increased from 93 to more than 565.
“Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign has been brilliant in galvanising support for women’s sport generally.
“Their research and insight has revealed what the barriers are which hold back many women and girls from participating in organised sport.
“We now need to use this and the positive momentum of the campaign to promote cricket as a fun, sociable game that women and girls can play with friends in welcoming environments.
“We have a fantastic opportunity this summer when we host the Women’s Ashes to continue to build the profile of women’s cricket, and to inspire even more women and girls to get involved in the game.”
For more information about Doncaster Town’s ladies team contact Nick Johnson on 07968 890756.