Part 1: Jersey look forward to a bright girls cricket future
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 9:46 AM
Following on from the success of an eventful 2012 for girls and women's cricket the Jersey Cricket Board (JCB) are looking ahead to what already promises to be a busy year of cricket for girls and women in Jersey. Jersey Coach, Gemma Dunning looks ahead in this 2 part article into girls and women's cricket in Jersey, today we start with girls' cricket.
Due to popular demand the JCB ran girls cricket trials for girls in school years 3-8. Attendance numbers were high and we were extremely impressed by the standards of those girls who took part. Those selected will now join the Development of Excellence Scheme which commences Saturday 24th February for a five week scheme. The girls will be given the chance to enhance their cricket skills in a challenging yet enjoyable environment along with meeting new friends.
Continuing on from last year the JCB will run girls only camps during Easter, June and the summer holidays. Last year attendance at camps were plentiful.
Last year the JCB U11 girl's team were successful in the plate final at the Portsmouth Girls Day Festival. The JCB hope to be invited back to compete again next year, and hope to make it through to the big final! The girls and coaches loved this opportunity to play kwik cricket against other girl's teams.
Lily Jones (aged 10) was selected to be part of the boy's U10 development of excellence scheme for the JCB spring program. This is a fantastic achievement for Lily and she has already commented how much she is enjoying training and improving her skills alongside the boys.
Gemma Dunning was delighted by this, "the opportunity was great development for Lily, the boys training environment provided her with a challenging and rewarding environment for her to develop as a player, and as a person. Sadly Lily didn't quite make the U10 team selection, but the exposure to more playing and training opportunities coupled with high level coaching means that Lily has improved a great deal," said Dunning.
Dunning is currently working with the JPSSA to provide more playing opportunities for the girls, along with providing more training opportunities and working closely with the Guernsey Cricket Board to develop girls and women's cricket across the Channel Islands.
All primary schools in Jersey have been offered the chance to have Gemma run an after schools girls club. The response has been fantastic and the JCB are pleased to report that by the end of summer 2013, 10 new girls clubs within primary schools will have formed in addition to 4 already in place. It is hoped that this will encourage more teams to enter the JPSSA girls kwik cricket competition in May.
2013 saw a record number of girls teams enter the primary school girls kwik cricket tournament, the JCB believe this is an add on effect of Dunning running more after school girls clubs during term time.