New year, new start for girls' cricket

January 03 2020
New year, new start for girls' cricket

WINTERBOURNE Cricket Club launched its first ever girls’ section in 2019 - and it proved to be a roaring success.

The number of girls playing cricket at the club increased from the two we had in 2018 to 32 by the end of 2019. This was thanks, largely, to our work in local primary schools Elm Park and St Michael’s, where we delivered PE lessons and an after-school club. We regularly entered two or three teams into softball festivals up and down the county, and it was brilliant to watch the girls grow in confidence over the course of the year.

Our Avalanche team was undefeated at four of the six festivals we entered, with the only defeats coming to strong and more established girls' set-ups in Stoke Bishop and Dumbleton.

These girls will form the core of our U13 side next year who we are also planning to enter as a girl’s side in the U11 Bristol Youth Cricket League. It is an ambition that they will also compete as a part of our first ever women’s team.

Our Cyclone or Earthquake team battled all year and were a credit to themselves and the club. The positivity and commitment they demonstrated was a joy to see.

Many of these girls had never played or even heard of cricket before they came to Winterbourne and a personal highlight was seeing the pure ecstasy on their faces when they registered their first ever win.

We are looking forward to continuing this growth in 2020 and will be running indoor girls' cricket sessions from January to April. All girls aged between 9 and 13 are encouraged to come along and give cricket a try in a safe and fun environment.

Dates: every Wednesday from January 22 to April 1, 6pm-7pm, Winterbourne Academy Sports Hall.

Cost: £3 per session or £25 for all 11

For more details email

Chris Shine