Cricket ACT is committed to ensuring cricket is a sport for all Australians and the most popular summer sport for women and girls.

Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp said the plan clearly outlines the key challenges for female participation in cricket and how Cricket ACT plans to overcome them.

“The Female Development Plan will be a staged approach to build sustainable female participation for women and girls of all ages and varying skill abilities,” said James Allsopp

“The FDP provides a blueprint for success in engaging more females in cricket as participants, coaches, administrators and volunteers. 

We held a Female Cricket Community Forum last year which set the framework for the plan and which is ambitious while being achievable at the same time.”

Cricket ACT has already delivered on a number of iniatives including:

  • Securing grants for Flicx Pitches, portable roll-out wickets, so junior girls cricket can be played on grounds not usually suitable for cricket and allow all Thunder Girls Cricket League games to be played at the same venue

  • Delivered club development skills sessions for all six female premier clubs at the Phillip Oval High-Performance Centre

  • In partnership with School Sport ACT introducing girls only Year 7-10 Schools Cup this year with Grades 3-4 and 5-6 to added next season

The strategy aligns with Cricket Australia’s recent release of their 2019 Press for Progress Report which was released on Tuesday.

In line with International Women’s Day, Australian Cricket’s launch of its second Press for Progress Report reflects the commitment to be openly accountable for the ongoing progress towards the aspiration of cricket being Australia’s Leading Sport for Women and Girls.

The continual growth of girls participation and all-girls teams, the transition to a standalone rebel Women’s Big Bash League, as well as the unforgettable and inspiring ICC World T20 victory by the world champion Australian Women’s Cricket Team are all noteworthy achievements highlighted in the Australian Cricket 2019 Press for Progress Report.

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