International Women’s Day, marked annually on the 8th March, is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity. This year, the campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity; an opportunity to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.

Everyone – everywhere – can play a part in creating a world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive; where difference is valued and celebrated. Collectively, we can all forge positive change.

Here at the Foundation, we look to promote equity in cricket across Somerset through our various initiatives and programmes to support the development of women throughout the game.

Women’s Coaches Networking Event

This year the Somerset Cricket Foundation has set up a series of networking events to support female coaches and provide CPD opportunities that enables them to enhance and develop their skillsets whilst connecting with other women involved in coaching.

Our next session we will have a batting masterclass from Fran Wilson (Western Storm Cricketer and Former England players), which takes place on Monday 24th April at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Register for this event online. 

Women’s Only Umpiring and Scoring Course

We’re also working hard to develop Women’s umpires and scorers in the county. Over the last month we have trained over 45 women on a basic umpiring and scoring course and plan to build on this success by offering further qualifications and course in the future.

Higos Women’s 100 Competition

This summer, the Somerset Cricket Foundation are set to launch an exciting new women’s 100 ball tournament in partnership with award-winning Insurance broker, Higos Insurance. The Higos Women’s 100 will take place over the three bank holidays in May, with the final at the Cooper Associates County Ground in September.

The Higos Women’s 100 strengthens our commitment to grown and diversify the game in the county and is a hugely exciting proposition that will undoubtedly showcase the talent that is so clearly evident in the women’s game in Somerset.