|THREE BECOME UAJCA FIRST GIRLS' HUB CLUBs
Crossflatts CC, Skipton CC and Great Horton Church CC
have agreed to set up as our first UAJCA Girls' Hub
to play cricket now have the option of the Hub where the
intention is to create an all-girls team[s] whilst other
clubs will continue to offer places in mixed boys and
WHO TO CONTACT
CC................ Lucy Hall 07966-210840
CC.................... Ji Mukherjee 07845-416301
Church CC... Taj Butt 07855-460969
your preference there's a place for girls at all UAJCA
Clubs. Your age doesn't matter, as UAJCA seeks to get
girls of all ages playing cricket.
space for further developments.
CRICKET STRATEGY FROM 2021 in UAJCA
A growing number of
girls have hitherto experienced friendly matches, league
matches against boys, representative matches, and
festival matches. A veritable smorgasbord of experience
for girls ranging from age 9 to 15. Additionally, girls
training during the winter along with Ji Mukherjee, Sam
Solley, and others has helped many to progress. An
ambience for the girls to collectively enjoy the
benefits of team and club camaraderie has been created.
During the period girls have also continued to play
alongside boys for their original clubs, to which they
have rightly given precedence. The more skilled girls
have been directed towards representative cricket with
substantial numbers achieving county or Regional status
with financial assistance from North Yorkshire. The
UAJCA database currently shows 57 girls registered to
play, a record number I believe. But there are
In providing this
experience one man has acted as manager, coach, umpire,
frequently almost unaided in organisational matters. His
club, Haworth CC has been extremely supportive in
providing their ground for coaching sessions as well as
for playing a significant number of matches. The club
has readily provided refreshments to support the
experience. But there has been no development of a
Girls’ committee or coaching group with whom to share
the considerable workload. Organisationally, playing
girls’ teams against boys’ teams is not such a good idea
and trying to gain commitment to girls’ representative
matches within an incomplete Pathway, when local club
matches are also on offer has proved testing.
In short, the
massive energy input has not hitherto rubbed off to club
cricketers or parents that might take on managerial and
organisational roles to enable further progress. Indeed,
we consider that the process of drawing together girls
from disparate clubs is a solution that naturally runs
out of steam in view of the stunted Pathway. The counter
attraction of playing with and against boys for their
own clubs, remains the primary attraction in comparison
with the current state of girls-only cricket.
The way forward
We believe that the
only viable organisational approach is to develop club
teams for girls within UAJCA. As the numbers have
almost doubled that prospect might seem a little more
attainable. However, to continue this development will
need concerted efforts from UAJCA clubs. We cannot
dabble with this; it has to be a concerted effort backed
by senior club committees. Efforts to recruit and retain
girls have got to be more intense and sustained. Clubs
must first of all create a Girls Section with at least
five adults to lead the development. Naturally, this is
a severe challenge for all UAJCA clubs, many of whom
currently struggle with boys’ recruitment.
organisational conundrum is solved and club Girls’
Sections are established, the recruitment needs to be
co-ordinated with help from ECB-YCB. They will not help
if clubs are not properly set up to tackle the project
seriously. This has first of all to be debated and
actively supported by UAJCA clubs and if UAJCA can
provide incentives for progress it will of course do so.
Financial input must initially come from clubs and
parents with the option of dedicated sponsors also a
possibility. This will not happen overnight but if UAJCA
clubs do really wish to have a Girls [and possibly
Women’s] Section, a serious effort must be taken. The
The November UAJCA
Clubs meeting included a healthy discussion on the
proposed strategy and agreed to seek clubs to begin the
process of Hub Clubs. The proposal was supported by the
members at the Annul General meeting on 28th January,
and three clubs expressed their desire to start the
process. They are Skipton CC, Crossflatts CC and Great
Horton Church CC. Furthermore, two other clubs
expressed tentative interest in becoming Hub Clubs.
requirement in 2021 is to develop the Women & Girls
Committees [WGCs] at the initial Hub Clubs. Once
established the process of recruitment can be developed
See also the
guideline Template from Tunbridge Wells CC featured on
the Website Menu.
UAJCA is again
grateful for the support and input from Mark Jobling and the NYWGCA
in assisting with funding for our second Winter Training Course for
girls of all ages.
Last winter's successful course
[above] provided excellent development for over 20 girls, led by Ji
Mukherjee [Skipton] and Sam Solley [Sutton] with help from Neil
Bishop [Haworth]. So UAJCA is planning a similar event for 2020
commencing Sunday 12th
January 3:30pm-5:00pm for 10 weeks.
The cost is estimated to be £60 for the 10 weeks [ie 15 hours
coaching]. More details will follow soon.
Invitations will be sent to the
parents of all girls on the UAJCA database but will be open to any
new girls who wish to get involved.
The provision of regular
competition cricket in 2020 is also currently under
consideration and UAJCA is hopeful that we can again extend that
provision beyond this year's u-11 single team entry.
require more information please contact Neil Bishop
[07771-756486] or the Secretary Terry Thompson [07868-288758].
FURTHER GIRLS SUCCESSES FOR
further on success of Ella Throupe [see below] in
selection for the u-13 West Yorkshire District Team, the
West Warriors, four u-11 girls have been selected for
West District teams. They are: Sahdia Umar & Imaan
Zharah [both ex-Riddlesden], Louisa Hutchinson [Steeton]
and Lauren Hunter [Oakworth]. Freya Craddock [Earby] is
recommended for u-13 county observation. Sandylands
trainee Emily Hall has been selected for the North
Yorkshire squad. In addition Hema Bhatoa [Oxenhope] was
observed for County and has been recommended for
training with Lancashire at Old Trafford, as the
Yorkshire squad is so strong. And to complete the
good news, Evie Brook [Thornton] is offered a place in
the inter-District team the West Wolves.
Congratulations girls, after just one season in the
GIRLS FESTIVAL SET FOR HARDEN
second Girls Festival is to be held on
Our hosts in 2019 will be league newcomers
Work is now going ahead on the format, timings and
invitations, etc.... so watch this space....
ELLA IS NO CINDERELLA
has been selected for the West Yorkshire Regional Girls
news for Ella and fantastic reward for everyone's
efforts in UAJCA Girls cricket. #GogetemElla
manager Neil Bishop reports a terrific turn out of UAJCA
girls at the NYWGCA coaching course at Sandylands Centre.
Still places if you're hovering!
First of all
very many thanks to all parents and girls that turned out
last night in awful weather at Sutton-in-Craven CC for the
briefing on Girls Cricket in 2019. UAJCA is delighted at the
response and is enthused about the chances of success for
the initiative. We are of course grateful for the support
and input from Mark Jobling and the NYWGCA in establishing
their second centre at Skipton.
requirement now is for girls to book a place
[max 32] on the winter coaching course by phoning or
emailing Mark. The course commences 27th January at
Sandylands Sports Centre, Skipton for 10 weeks: January 27,
February 3, 10, 17, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14. Time:
3:30pm – 5:00pm
element of League Cricket for Girls will of course
unfold in the 2019 season and Manager Neil will be in
touch with all of you with the fixtures as soon as they
are to hand [likely mid-March]. The option for the girls
to play regularly together on Friday evenings at Haworth
CC and at other grounds on other days, will
significantly expand the volume of the girls' cricket
and their development should rocket forwards. I
reiterate the intention that Girls will still be able to
play in their boys club and where on occasion fixtures
clash, the choice of which team to play for, rests
entirely with the girls and their parents.
require more information please contact Mark Jobling [NY
Community Coach][07889-168721] or via firstname.lastname@example.org
GIRLS AT THE RENDEZVOUS 2018
award this year was joined by a new award of Young Girl Cricketer of
the Year to recognise the growing numbers of under-9
girls as well as under-13s.
[Oxenhope] just pipped 3-time winner Lily
Bell for the older
whilst the first winner of the young girl award went to
[Earby] thanks to her amazing bowling haul of 18 wickets.
addition the following awards were also presented:
Best Player Hema Bhatoa
Festival Young Player
Under 9B Batting
Under 9B Bowling
GIRLS OVERCOME NEW HAWORTH BOYS
Whatever the outcome,
manager-coach Neil Bishop couldn't lose as his Girls team took on
his new Haworth team! Despite some wet weather the match finished
with a comfortable win for the Girls over the young lads.
A decent crowd watched the match between the two new sides and
thanks must go to Haworth CC for staging the match and providing
refreshments. The smile on the face of 6 year-old Betsy Caton's face
after she took 2 wickets was priceless!!
GIRLS FESTIVAL 2018
ladies turned out at a sunny if cool Skipton CC for a first ever Girls
Festival in Upper Airedale. It was a great result as the girls played out 3
matches in 3 teams: The Dallas, The Diamonds and the New Yorkers.
10 under-13s and
11 under-9s thoroughly enjoyed their cricket experiences playing with each
other rather than battling with boys. Some had not played at all before. The
team competition was won by the New Yorkers with the Silver Medals going to
the Diamonds with the Dallas team taking Bronze. The managers determined
that the u-13 girl of the Festival was Hema
Bhatoa and the under-9 award should go to
Both girls will be invited to the UAJCA Presentation Night on Friday 14th
September in the prestigious Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel [7:30pm].
The parents were very supportive and
showed enthusiasm to the experiment further and build on Neil
Bishop's efforts thus far in developing girls team cricket. UAJCA
Executive will now plan for a next phase of development during 2019.
COME ON GIRLS GET INTO CRICKET FUN
UAJCA IN 2019 NORTH YORKSHIRE TOURNAMENT
Sunday 16th September
at Spofforth CC is the place to have been to see Upper Airedale under-12s
Girls A and B teams in action against Alne, Harrogate, Yapham and
Acomb. The 'B' team came 3rd of 6 teams, with the 'A' team tucked
behind in 4th. Yet more learning. Squad:
Lauren Hunter, Grace
Hunter, Phoebe Raby, Sophie Colley, Rosa Birks, Jessica Clemson
Banks, Georgia McGowan, Sophie Barrett, Louisa Hutchinson, Evie
Brook, Tilli Harrison, Elspeth Protheroe, Emily Hall