Inaugural Women and Girl's Cricket Sub Committee Meeting
The first women and girl's sub committee meeting took place on the evening of November 26th. Representatives included Bernie Haywood, Fiona Roome, Kate Butler, Kathryn Clough, Janelle Clarke, Jenny Barnett and Sally Green. Lots was discussed including a review of 2019 which saw huge growth in the women and girl's game and action points were taken away to grow the game further in 2020 and beyond at all levels and ages. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 Tuesday January 21st 2020.
Women in Sport Podcast: Cricket
Maya and Helen Helfrich as well as Sally Green recorded a women in sport cricket podcast with Rhian Evans from Manx Radio. The podcast discusses all things cricket including the women and girl's festivals, the women and girl's pathway as well as why we love the game and dealing with nerves amongst many other things. The podcast is available to download from the below link. A huge thanks to Maya and Helen who spoke excellently.
The women and girls' game is one of the fastest growing areas of cricket in the world. In 2019 the Isle of Man Cricket Association will be targeting the growth of women and girl's cricket on the Isle of Man. The IOMCA are looking to develop women and girl's cricket from grass roots level right through to the senior national side.
A key component of developing the women and girl's game is through school delivery. This involves offering coaching and teacher training within both primary and secondary schools and facilitating competitions. The IOMCA have already been delivering free cricket sessions in primary schools across the Isle of Man since 2015 and run a boys and girls and girls only PSSP festival. This year soft ball cricket will be offered within secondary school PE games sessions for girls for the first time.
Soft Ball Cricket
This year the IOMCA will be offering a brand new soft ball cricket initiative for women and girls of all ages. Soft ball cricket provides a fun, sociable and relaxed environment, where participants are able to develop their skills, socialise with friends and have lots of fun! The soft ball cricket festivals will begin in May and continue throughout the summer. There will be opportunities for the U11s and U13s to train throughout the summer to help them prepare for their festivals.
The IOMCA are looking to develop performance squads at age group levels to in time mirror the opportunities in the IOMCA boy's pathway. For senior and U19 level the aim is to compete on a national scale and enter World Cup qualifiers in the future. An U15 girl's development squad will be selected to train in the winter 2019/20.
The IOMCA can offer -
3 free days of girl's cricket coaching in secondary school PE lessons
The organisation and running of a secondary schools soft ball cricket festival
A pathway into clubs and Isle of Man representative squads
The opportunity to represent their country on a world scale