The South Essex District Cricket Board currently has a number of clubs with womens and girls sections. In February and March 2011 we delivered a successful indoor coaching programme at the Grays School Media Arts College (now Hathaway Academy) and this was followed by a womens’ indoor six a side cricket competition, which was held at the same venue. The indoor event is now an annual fixture, with successive tournaments being organised for 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2013, the indoor competition moved to Gable Hall School, Corringham.
Players from the four teams which contested the inaugural SEDCB Womens’ Indoor Cricket Competition
Benfleet – Rayleigh “A” – Rayleigh “B” – Thurrock Ladies
Photographed at Grays School Media Arts College on Friday 15th April 2011
Our first dedicated girls’ and womens’ cricket coaching – as well as the inaugural indoor six a side cricket competition in 2011 – were fully funded by grant aid from the Essex Community Foundation and consequently we were able to offer these activities completely free of charge. One teenage player, in her last year at school, having played indoor cricket for the first time, was heard to remark: “That was so much fun – the best evening I have ever had”.
The 2012 and 2013 Indoor Sixes competition was fully funded by the Thurrock Sports Council, who have recently agreed to extend their support for the 2014 event.
In the near future, we are hoping to be able list all our womens and girls teams and provide a dedicated webpage for each; so please “watch this space” for further news. Therefore, over the coming weeks we hope to be able to raise the profile of womens’ cricket in South Essex still further.