On the 1st December, Leicestershire CCC & Loughborough Lightning hosted an U11’s girls festival at Loughborough University. The aim of the festival was simple, make sure the girls had plenty of fun and got the chance to meet girls from different clubs. With 60 girls turning up on the day there was plenty of noise and excitement throughout the day!

What did the day consist of?

  • Introduction to the day
  • Group warm ups
  • Batting, bowling and fielding activities
  • 2 cricket games
  • Presentation

The festival included special guests Tara Norris and Kirstie Gordon from Loughborough Lightning’s Kia Super League team, with Kirstie having recently returned from a successful trip to the West Indies for England in the Women’s T20 World Cup. We were also supported by Loughborough Lightning Officer Lauren Rowles and two volunteers from Lutterworth CC, Laura Underwood and Debroah Spaul who have been responsible for running their clubs successful All Stars sessions and they all did a fantastic job in ensuring the girls had the best possible time.

The participants were a range of abilities, including some first-time cricketers and girls who had only just engaged with cricket at their club’s All Stars sessions in the summer. Which is why there was such a big emphasis on enjoyment; making their first experience a good one is crucial in the pursuit of their long-term involvement in cricket.

At the end of the festival, each participant received a goodie bag which contained literature about the programmes and events we run at LCCC.

The day was a huge success with plenty of positive feedback from the parents. We hope this positive feedback correlates to them returning to next years festival or carrying on playing cricket in the future. The next couple of years promise to be really exciting for women and girls cricket with new programmes and initiatives being developed for 2019 & 2020 and there will be a host of opportunities to watch women’s international stars play at the Fischer County Ground in the Women’s Ashes and Loughborough University in the Kia Super League.