Over the last 16 years we have seen the Women & Girls game evolve and grow, nationally as well as in Sussex, with more Women and girls playing cricket than ever before and more different formats available for Women and girls to make a decision on what they want to play.
The Sussex Cricket Foundation provide opportunities for girls to play cricket at both primary and secondary schools, through the two major projects we run, “The Aldridge Foundation Girls Project” and “The Chance to Shine Secondary School Girls Project”, as well as providing competitive competitions at school level for girls aged from 9 – 16 years old, all year round.
Through the Aldridge Foundation Girls project, we can provide free community hubs in the Brighton and Portslade area for girls aged 8 – 11 years, giving girls a chance to give cricket a try out of school in a fun, safe, community environment.
Our Women & Girls club structure continues to grow, with just over 40 clubs in the County providing cricket for Women and Girls and giving opportunities to play hardball or softball cricket. In 2020 we are increasing our offering for cricket clubs by having short & long format games, softball and hardball leagues and tournaments.
The work that has been established in our school, community and club structure for girls has shown an increase in attendees this winter for County assessments, resulting in Sussex have a County U10, U11, U12, U13, U15 & U17 teams, along with four development sides at U11, U13 & two U16 teams, to help further develop players getting to the top level.