A Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club official is hoping that upcoming events from across the city will drive women’s participation in cricket.
Ian Dipaolo, Cricket development officer for Participation and Growth says that small community projects around the city can help to create a more level playing field for women and girls and provide more opportunities within cricket.
The Trent Bridge Club are running a Women and Girls Cricket Festival at Haydn Road CC on Sunday and Mr Dipaolo hopes that it can be a ‘springboard’ for women’s cricket in the area.
He said: “Women’s participation in cricket is a huge priority for the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and for counties such as ours.
“It’s so vital now that we encourage young women and girls to take up cricket.
“Other sports are doing it really well and cricket needs to ensure that we are not left behind.”
The cricket festival will take place on Sunday June 11 between 11am and 4pm.
Haydn Road CC on Rowley Drive is a disused facility and it is these locations where the club are hoping to increase their community outreach with projects such as the festival on Sunday.
Mr Dipaolo added: “There hasn’t been as much interest as we originally hoped for.
“When we first organised the event we were hoping that Covid restrictions would be eased further and obviously that hasn’t happened and I think people are being cautious which is understandable.
“We’re obviously hoping for as big a turnout as possible, the more the merrier!”
Sunday’s festival will feature friendly cricket matches, family activities and music and Trent Rockets players Nancy Harman and Lucy Higham are expected to attend.
Mr Dipaolo is hopeful that competitions like the hundred will be huge for the uptake of women’s cricket in the coming years.
“The Hundred is going to be massive for women’s cricket all over the country.
“The more cricket girls see on the TV the better and the fact that many of the games will be on free-to-air television played ahead of men’s matches is fantastic.
“The importance that showpieces like this have on community outreach and participation is enormous and we’re really looking forward to seeing what impact the Hundred has this summer.”
To register your interest for Sunday’s festival click here.
Women and girls of all ages are welcome and they’ll be activities on offer for men and boys too.
All attendees are encouraged to bring their families.
For more information about how to get involved in cricket click here.