Girls’ cricket in Tonbridge

Cowdrey CC is delighted to announce that it now offers girls’ cricket

Covid-19 has impacted every aspect of life, and grassroots sport has been no different. Cricket at Cowdrey was hit hard in 2020, but 2021 is looking set to be one of the most successful years for club – especially its growing junior section. Monday 10th May was a huge part of this with the launch of our girls’ cricket team.

This is the first girl’s team at the club, which has been driven by the newly formed Junior Committee as a key area of focus in 2021. The launch of the girls’ cricket team aims to follow the success of the All Stars programme over the last two years. Cowdrey is expecting the biggest intake of All Stars yet in 2021. 45 5-to-8 year old boys & girls start this year’s program at the weekend.

Girls' cricket in Tonbridge - Cowdrey girls training at Somerhill School
Girls’ cricket in Tonbridge – Cowdrey girls training at Somerhill School

Somerhill School

Cowdrey have agreed a partnership with Somerhill School for the next two years, to host and help promote the girls’ team.

The club also have a connection with Kent County Cricket Club, who wholeheartedly support the development of girls’ & women’s cricket. Testament to this was the attendance of Helen Fagg (Kent Community Cricket Manager for Women and Girls cricket) and Jodie Hobson (Kent Women’s Cricketer and Under 11 Girls County Coach). Both professionals attended the first training session on Monday and gave the 28 girls some inspiring words around their lives in cricket, followed by a batting masterclass.

Cowdrey girls received coaching tips from Helen Fagg and Jodie Hobson
Cowdrey girls received coaching tips from Helen Fagg and Jodie Hobson

Girls’ cricket coaching

Cowdrey overseas star and ECB qualified coach Minhaj Jalil will lead the girls’ squad, supported by fellow Cowdrey senior players and ECB qualified coaches Gautam Juneja, Oliver Hardy-Smith and Luke Hardy-Smith.

Stuart Clarke, Club Secretary, said; “Special thanks must go to Tasmin Seymour for co-ordinating and covering the administration tasks, and James Turner, our Junior Section Media guru. James was multi-tasking even whilst awaiting the arrival of his 4th child – delivered safely just before the session began. The new arrival was a girl so the future of the team is already looking strong!”

Cowdrey continues to offer cricket for boys and girls aged 5-18. Anyone interested in joining the Junior Section should contact the Junior Committee via juniors@cowdreycc.co.uk

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