Nottingham Wicketz girls hub goes from strength to strength
A team from the Nottinghamshire Wicketz girls hub entered their first ever tournament last weekend, and surpassed expectations by emerging as champions! Although winning competitions isn't really an outcome for Wicketz, it is great that the Nottingham programme has provided these girls with the opportunity to fall in love with the game and excel in a competitive environment.
The hub was set-up on the back of work of head coach Geoff Ellis in 2013, who delivered girls cricket in partnership with a local cricket club. When Wicketz was launched in Nottinghamshire a year ago, this led to the formation of a girls Hub and enabled the group to expand beyond just cricket based activity. They now get around 16 girls, aged 12-16 playing cricket each week and they are coached by Nottinghamshire CCC ladies player Georgie Boyce.
Using cricket as a tool for change, Wicketz is aimed at hard to reach youngsters within areas of high deprivation across the UK, by engaging young people who live in communities where there are few opportunities to play the game regularly. We provide a sustainable cricket environment with a focus on social cohesion and developing crucial life skills such as tolerance, respect, teamwork and self-confidence alongside weekly cricket activity.
The Lord’s Taverners already successfully deliver the programme in Birmingham, Bristol, Crawley, Glasgow, Hartlepool, Leicester, Leyton, Leeds/Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Tower Hamlets and West Ham.
Head coach Ellis said, “There was a mixture of both experienced players and girls playing competitive cricket for the first time. All the girls enjoyed a great day out and went home victorious. The girls have bonded together and there was a great sense of team togetherness, they’ve really impressed myself and others with their attitudes off the pitch.”