The IOMCA will be targeting the growth of women and girl's cricket in 2018 to 2019 with a number of initiatives:
Establishing an IOM senior women's squad to train in the winter in preparation for World Cup qualifiers in the future.
Holding a women and girl’s introduction to coaching cricket course.
Holding women and girls’ soft ball cricket festivals across the clubs on the Isle of Man.
Hosting a women's business soft ball cricket festival.
Holding women’s soft ball cricket taster sessions at University College Isle of Man for students and staff.
Training a girl's only team to enter the Manx Youth Games. The age limit will change to Year 2 to Year 6.
Offering three free days’ of girl’s cricket coaching at each of the secondary schools culminating in a girls’ soft ball cricket festival.
Holding U11 and U13 hardball and soft ball festivals with training opportunities throughout the summer.
Girls only sessions through the IOMCA holiday camps and winter programme.
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.
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.
In 2019 the IOMCA ran 9 women and girl's soft ball festivals across the Isle of Man for the first time. All in all over 110 new participants took part across the summer. Of these participants, nearly all the players took part in more than one festival demonstrating the desire to play even more cricket! Many of the participants played cricket for the first time and a large number who have been watching their husbands, sons, daughters and brothers plays decided it was their turn to give it a go. Participants were able to enter individually and be put in a team or enter as a team. Each of the players received a Cric Start bat and ball set as well as a hoodie or t shirt. Thanks to Ramsey and Castletown who entered a team in every festival and Ramsey Hockey Club, Finch Hill and Cronkbourne who also entered teams.
The clubs who hosted did a fantastic job putting on excellent teas and preparing pitches. Thanks to Ramsey, Peel and St Johns, Finch Hill, Cronkbourne and Valkyres who each hosted one festival and Crosby and Castletown who did two festivals each. Thanks to all the scorers and umpires. Keep an eye out for updates and activities in the winter.
Women & Girl's Soft Ball Cricket Festivals 2019
The IOMCA has organised women and girl's soft ball cricket festivals across the Isle of Man in 2019.
Soft ball cricket festivals - what's it all about???
Festivals are all about celebration, a women and girl's soft ball cricket festival is no different, it's all about getting together to enjoy the game.
The softer ball means no pads and gloves, the colourful bats are perfect for smashing boundaries with, and it all leaves you with pure cricketing fun: bat, bowl, catch and laugh.
You don't need to have any previous experience of playing cricket. It's open to any female player - you can form your own team of 8 players or sign up individually and be allocated to a team in advance.
All players will receive a free Cric Start bat and ball set and hoodie or t shirt.
Please come along and enjoy it all so don't delay, book now by emailing iomcrickethotmail.com
Venues & Dates 15th June Crosby CC Marown Playing Fields 22nd June Peel & St Johns CC Mullen-E-Cloie 29th June Cronkbourne CC Tromode Road 6th July Finch Hill CC Ballafletcher Sports Ground 13th July Ramsey CC Ramsey Grammar School 3rd August Castletown CC King William's College 31st August Crosby CC 8th September Peel & St Johns CC 14th September Castletown CC All festivals will start at 2 o'clock and run for 2 to 3 hours.
Brownies Soft Ball Festival
On the 12th July at King William's College 23 girls split into four teams from Peel 1st Brownies, 1st Malew Brownies, Ballasalla Brownies and 2nd Castletown Brownies as well as the South and East girls played in an all girl's soft ball festival. Three games of cricket were played over the evening with the standard improving each game. A very fun and enjoyable evening of cricket!!
Jen Gilbert Peel 1st Brownies 'Thank you so much for tonight! The girls loved it! My daughter was very nervous at the start but soon got into it. She has declared how much she enjoyed it. She has taken her dad and brother out to play with her new bat and ball. Thanks again!'
Secondary School Girl's Cricket
Through the Spring and Summer terms the IOMCA have been proving girls cricket taster sessions at King William's College, Ramsey Grammar School and Castle Rushen High school. Over 300 different girls participated in cricket in their games lessons. After school clubs and community sessions were provided as an outlet for the girls which also recorded good numbers.
Tracey Mooney, Head of Girls PE, Ramsey Grammar School 'I can't thank you enough for allowing our students to experience working with the IOMCA Community Coach. Sally has been inspiring young girls to get involved in cricket through fantastic training sessions in Games lessons throughout the summer term, offering after school clubs and links to community cricket sessions, which our girls have thoroughly enjoyed. Sally has been committed, engaging and enthusiastic while working with our students and we as a staff have enjoyed developing our own teaching ideas.
On behalf of all the Ramsey Grammar School girls, thank you for the wonderful opportunity - I hope we can continue to work together in the future to increase participation and interest in female cricket'.
Record Breaking Numbers at the Finch Hill Festival
Six teams and over 50 women and girls of varying ages played in the Finch Hill soft ball festival on Saturday 6th July. There were teams from Ramsey CC, Ramsey Hockey Club, Cronkbourne CC and a combined Finch Hill CC and Castletown CC. There was some excellent cricket played with a number close games. Thanks to all the players and to Finch Hill CC for hosting and providing such a lovely tea.
The evening before also saw the first all girls team play in the Finch Hill kwik cricket festival. The south and east girl's have been training on a Tuesday evening at King William's College and improved significantly over the festival. Well done girls!!
Crosby Women and Girl's Soft Ball Festival
The first women and girl's soft ball festival took place at Crosby Cricket Club (Marown Playing Fields) on Saturday 15th June. Two teams made up of 19 players of various ages played two matches with a tea break in between. Lots of boundaries, wickets and catches were taken in amongst the laughter. Every player got to bat for up to 18 balls per pair and everyone bowled at least one over per game either underarm or over arm. At the end everyone received their free Cric Start bat and ball set and hoodie or t shirt.
Ruth Ward (cricketing mum and wife and first time player) said - 'I have watched my sons and husband play cricket for many years but was a complete novice when it came to playing. The festival was a perfect environment and opportunity to 'give it a go'! It was a really fun atmosphere with friendly and supportive women and girls (with Sally having her work cut out keeping us on track!) The sun came out, we were treated to a lovely cricket tea and much to my surprise I even managed a catch!! I would encourage people to come along and join in - you will certainly be made to feel very welcome and I'm sure you'll have a really enjoyable afternoon.'
Regionalised Girl's Cricket Training
There will be regionalised weekly soft ball cricket sessions running over the summer for girls aged 8-15 across the island.
All sessions will be free of charge Free Cric Start t shirt for new participants Free Cric Start soft ball bat and ball for all participants
South & East Training Dates - Tuesday 21st May Tuesday 27th May Tuesday 11th June Tuesday 18th June Tuesday 25th June Tuesday 2nd July Tuesday 9th July Tuesday 16th July All sessions 6-7:30 at King William's College (meet outside the main pavilion).
North & West Training Dates - Thursday 23rd May Thursday 30th May Thursday 13th June Thursday 20th June Thursday 27th June Thursday 4th July Thursday 11th July Thursday 18th July All sessions 6-7:30 at Ramsey Grammar School (cricket pitch side).
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.
Soft Ball Cricket
This year, the IOMCA will be offering a brand new soft ball cricket initiative for girls U11 and U13 and women and girls, aged 14 and above. 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.
For those girls who want to progress from soft ball cricket to the traditional hardball cricket there will be opportunities to train and hardball festivals from June onwards.
The IOMCA are looking to develop representative squads at U11, U13 and senior level who are able to compete on a national scale. Trials will take place in September for the senior women's team and a squad will be selected to train over the winter and participate in international World Cup qualifiers in the future. An U11 and U13 girl's training 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
Soft Ball Cricket for Girlguiding Groups
The Isle of Man Cricket Association has joined forces with Girlguiding in the Isle of Man. Girlguiding Isle of Man is the island's largest voluntary youth organisation comprising 65 groups catering for ages from 5 years to 26 years. Girlguiding IOM includes Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years), Rangers (14-18 years) and the Senior Section (14-25 years).
Each of the Girlguiding groups across the Isle of Man will be offered a free soft ball cricket taster session to help promote girls cricket across the island. So far it has proven to be very popular!