A history-making year for the women’s game in Australia, which culminated in a record-breaking ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, and continued growth in playing opportunities for girls, headline the third edition of the Australian Cricket Press for Progress Report, released by Cricket Australia today.

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The Press for Progress Report documents Australian Cricket’s progress towards its aspiration to become Australia’s leading sport for women and girls. The data in this report shows development at a national level, however much of this is attributable to success at a state and territory level. For the ACT, some of the crowning achievements in the female space last season include:

- Australia v Bangladesh ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Match being the highest ever attended ticketed women’s sporting event at Manuka Oval

- A 7.3% increase of total female participation across the ACT including school, junior and senior cricket as well as the Woolworths Cricket Blast program – from 10,638 participants in 2018/19 to 11,420 in 2019/20

- The introduction of a new competition, the Female T20 Blast, which saw the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors split into 4 teams and joined by the best female cricketers in the ACT and surrounding region

- The introduction of a Player to Coach Transition Pilot with Abode Hotels ACT Meteor Erin Osborne being one of two players in the country to trial the initiative

Through support received from Cricket Australia’s Coach Development, Cricket ACT began piloting the Player to Coach Transition program this year. The initiative was formed as a way to leverage on senior players’ extensive knowledge while also providing the player with an opportunity to stay involved in the sport they love.

Cricket ACT High Performance Manager Olivia Thornton believed Erin Osborne was an apt appointment for the pilot considering Osborne has had a seasoned career being a former Australia player and long-time ACT Meteor.

Thornton stated, The Player to Coach Transition program is a great initiative. We would be amiss not to utilise the experience and immense knowledge our senior players hold about the game. Erin has always expressed a desire to coach post playing career, so to have the ability to help her transition into the space is certainly a win-win. ”

The pilot will see Osborne involved in coaching a wide set of ACT programs including the Meteors Development Squad, Pathway teams and the new CDC Bash competition (an updated version of last year’s Female T20 Bash), among others.

James Allsopp, Cricket ACT CEO who is also the Australian Cricket Champion for the Gender Action Plan, is grateful for the efforts of the entire ACT cricket community and their commitment to growing the game for women an girls.

“Cricket Australia’s Press for Progress Report and our local successes prove there is an insatiable desire to ensure more women and girls participate, work and are engaged fans within our sport. Despite the challenges associated with COVID, Australian Cricket and Cricket ACT specifically are committed to growing the sport for women and girls this summer and beyond. We can’t wait to see our Meteors continue to inspire us this summer, more young girls participating in local junior cricket, as well as the WBBL and world conquering Australian Women’s cricket team back in action and on our screens in the coming months.”