Development Officer Gemma Dunning implemented a new fun, creative initiative to inspire more girls to take part in sport through the vehicle of cricket.
During term time Crick-fit had 15 primary school girls running around the beach taking part in essential ABC’s, learning new skills and making friends from a variety of schools. Sessions have continued throughout the summer but numbers have suffered due to school holidays and family vacations. Amelia Shenton and Lily Jones both of Secondary School age provided essential assistance with the running of the sessions and proved to be ideal role models for the younger girls. Furthermore, two very promising up and coming youngster (Lily Jones & Amelia Shenton) provided voluntary assistance and were the perfect role models for the young girls attending each session.
Based upon the principles of why girls participate in sport The Jersey Cricket Board this year provided secondary school girls the opportunity to play cricket within a fun, creative and challenging environment.
Week on week numbers increased and we were delighted to record 25 girls at our final session. Over a 7 week period Summer Nights grew in stature and size and caught the attention of local media who reported on its success. We hope to provide similar formats of the game/evening from January onwards and hope that these girls will continue to play cricket and hopefully feed into the local women’s clubs.
On the 22nd July the JCB took 14 primary schools girls from a variety of schools to attend a girls cricket festival in Sark with Guernsey and Sark Cricket Boards. The tournament was based on self improvement and learning as opposed to winning.
The six teams played each other and players were given points based on batting, bowling and fielding.
A total of 37 girls took part and Sark coach, Lewis Heald was delighted at the day’s play.
‘Having so many girls on our Island playing cricket has been great and we certainly hope we can grow this event next year,’ he said.
GCB cricket development manager, Jason Shambrook, echoed Heald’s sentiments and singled out the work that women’s cricket development Officers, Gemma Dunning in Jersey and Katie Watson in Guernsey, have been doing. ‘Women and girls cricket on both islands has really started to grow and it was fantastic to see so many girls enjoying the game. Katie and Gemma have put so much into developing the game and now the results are starting to show through.’
By close of play six players, two from each of the competing islands, were announced as cricketers of the day. Jersey's players were Lily Gregg and Amelie Turpin.
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