With the popularity of the National All Stars and Dynamos programmes, girls’ cricket in Somerset has experienced a surge in interest and participation over recent years. To support the development of junior cricket in the county, and with support from the Clowance Trust, the Somerset Cricket Foundation have recently launched their Winter Hubs to provide girls – who are not currently involved in the county pathway – with the opportunity to participate in winter training as they look to transition to hardball cricket in the summer months.
Taking place at local venues in Chard, Taunton and Bristol, the Winter Hubs have already welcomed over 80 girls across the U11, U13 and U16 age groups as each look to develop their softball and hardball cricketing skills.
“It’s been great to see the girls develop over the first 8 weeks and the great atmosphere which has been created at all three of hubs. I’m really excited for the fourth hub to open in the New Year and to see the girls playing over the summer.”
Karla Rose, Women and Girls Intern and Winter Hub Lead Coach
Such is the success and level of interest in these Winter Hubs, the Foundation will be launching a fourth venue in Wells in early 2023. Colette Gooding, Women and Girls Development Manager at the Foundation, added, “The hubs have been a huge success and it’s really exciting to see so many girls enjoying there cricket over the winter. The development of these hubs will help support girls’ cricket across the network and we are excited to see how all the girls get on over the summer.”