Sussex Women's Captain Encourages Girls To Join Cricket Hub

The girls only cricket hubs are being held across Sussex and there is a chance to join in over half term.

Sussex Cricket Foundation and the Aldridge Foundation are offering girls the chance to try cricket at a series of events this autumn.

The girls-only Cricket Hubs are already underway  at five different locations – the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Portslade Leisure Centre, Plumpton College, Worthing High & The Triangle in Burgess Hill - and will continue for the next nine weeks.

Georgia Adams, who took over as captain of the Sussex Women’s First XI in April, visited Juice last week to talk about the importance of giving girls the chance to find out more about the sport.

Georgia in action at the 1st Central County Ground. Photo courtesy of Sussex County Cricket Club

The 24-year old has worked herself with a lot of the younger players in the side over the years as a coach for Sussex. She spoke about the feedback they have received from the first few events.

"I think so far it's been a brilliant initiative. I've spoken to a number of parents who have said that it's great to take their children down. They get high quality coaching but also it's a chance to make new friends.

"Being a Sussex Women's player through and through, they are brilliant at supporting us from a young age and take it very seriously. On the back of [England Women] winning the World Cup, Women's Cricket is definitely going in the right direction.

"Increase in participation is important but also making the girls realise that if they work hard and pursue it, there is a career in it as well."

Georgia Adams CricketGeorgia Adams, Captain of Sussex Women's Cricket team.

It's been a memorable 2017 for Women's Cricket, with England clinching the World Cup in a sensational final against India, followed by a successful second Kia Super League season that saw the Final at the County Ground in Hove set a new all-time high attendance record of for domestic Women's Cricket of 3,413.

Georgia believes the exposure the game has received this year will play a part in getting more girls taking up the game.

"Everyone has been on a Cricket hype since then. It was a great stage and a great final that just goes to show how good Women's Cricket can be.

"I've spoken to a few of the younger girls and they've been saying 'Oh we went to the final, we saw so-and-so in the final'. It's just nice to see that the game is getting that exposure. Their enjoying it and people are starting to say 'Oh I like Women's Cricket, lets give it a go'.

"A lot of the girls at that age they come into the hub - eight to 16 - are young, ambitious and have got goals. It's nice to hear them talk about Women's sport, and in particular Women's Cricket."

Georgia spoke to Juice about the opportunities for youngsters now

Two hour-long sessions are available at each location each week, one for 8-11 year olds and one for 12-16 year olds. These will give girls the opportunity to try cricket and develop their skills through a series of fun drills and games.

The Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy will also host a four-day holiday camp between Monday 23rd and Thursday 26th October with morning sessions for 8-11 year olds and afternoon sessions for 12-16 year olds.

Space at the Cricket Hubs and holiday camp is limited and those wishing to attend are required to register in advance via the
Sussex Cricket Foundation website.

Further information is available from Charlotte Burton on 01273 827117 or charlotte.burton@sussexcricket.co.uk.

 

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