European Central Bank announce funding boost to revamp women's cricket

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2019

The ECB said that streamlining the structure of women's and girl's cricket is necessary to help eliminate the "black pockets" and "postcode lottery" that now exist.

Speaking at the launch event in London, she recalled being "sniggered" at when she said aged 14 that she wanted to be a professional cricketer and said she hoped the new strategy would reduce the drop-off in girls playing cricket.

With an ambition of investing 50 million pounds over the five years, the European Central Bank launched an action plan that will allow organisations across the domestic cricket network to recruit more dedicated resources.

England's thrashing by Australia in the women's Ashes this summer highlighted the huge disparity in the domestic setups, and this new strategy is meant to provide a bigger pool of players for the national team.

Mo Bobat has been appointed as the Performance Director for Men's Cricket, the England Cricket Board announced on Wednesday (October 9).

Clare Connor on the ECB's new action plan.

"We have an wonderful opportunity to make cricket the sport we want it to be - a sport that is modern, innovative and inclusive", she said in a statement.

"But to truly transform women's and girls" cricket, we must now move from targeted standalone programmes to addressing the whole pathway as one'.

"I have been so heartened by the level of enthusiasm, commitment and support for this plan from everyone involved in cricket".

The Women's Super League is the top Twenty20 cricket competition in England and Wales, where the best players in the United Kingdom battle it out to with that shiny trophy held by Nat Sciver!

"I am looking forward to working closely with both Chris Silverwood and Ed Smith, and in doing so, supporting the performance needs of our England teams and moving us closer to achieving our aim of being the most respected team in the world", the 36-year-old said.

"We need more young girls to be inspired to play and those young girls need to be able to see a clear pathway above them that encourages them to continue pursuing the game".

"Much of this plan is about normalising the game for women and girls and I'm excited to see how this increased opportunity takes the game forward".

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