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.
Women and Girl's Cricket Opportunities for 2019
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!