Girls’ cricket embraced at the Mary Erskine School
Girls’ cricket has gone down a storm at Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh following its introduction to their PE curriculum.
Coaches from Cricket Scotland and associated FP club Stewarts Melville Royal High CC (SMRH CC) provided three days of challenging activities and games for the primary 5, 6 & 7 girls in the hope to inspire girls to choose cricket as part of their curriculum PE and join the junior section at SMRH CC.
Pippa Johnston, Head of Junior Girls Sport at the school was instrumental in setting up the coaching sessions and now the girls in P6 & 7 have the opportunity to choose cricket during their games time. The cricket club at Stewarts Melville Royal High School Cricket Club (SMRH CC) also supports an after school club providing the perfect opportunity for the girls to enhance their cricket skills and participation.
Pippa is delighted at forging partnership, “When I approached Cricket Scotland about getting involved in launching cricket with the P5-7 girls at our school, they jumped at the chance.
“The taster week surpassed all my expectations and was an amazing experience for all the girls. The sessions were well planned and perfectly structured for the age and stage of the girls, whilst the quality and experience of the coaching was outstanding. With the support of some brilliant coaching equipment the coaches from Cricket Scotland and SMRH provided an exciting and inclusive series of stations through which the girls learned the basic skills of the game.
“The importance of strong female role models cannot be underestimated and I have been totally bowled over by the enthusiasm generated by the coaches. Their enthusiasm is infectious even I'm keen to start. Watching the girls rush around collecting autographs from the coaches on the last day says it all.”
David Gibson, the junior convenor and club coach at SMRH, adds, "The Club (SMRH) is delighted to be working with the School and Cricket Scotland in launching this exciting initiative. The energy, enthusiasm and excitement generated by 250 girls at the taster sessions last week was hugely impressive and the fantastic engagement of the Scotland Women’s internationalists an important reminder of the power of positive role models".
Fellow SMRH coach and Wildcat Nadia Wheeler couldn’t hide her delight at how the sessions went “I've had a fantastic time working with such a great set of girls and support staff at MES. It has been extremely positive to see so many girls, not only being exposed to, but showing such great enthusiasm towards the game. I am now eagerly looking forward to developing this initial enthusiasm over the summer term."
Having first experienced cricket at primary school, Wildcats Captain Abbi Aitken who was involved in the coaching, had this to say, "I thoroughly enjoyed the taster sessions at MES and the pupils, for most of which was their first experience of cricket, were extremely enthusiastic and a joy to coach.
"It was a great experience for the girls to get to try out different cricket drills for the first time and our Cricket Factory stations were a massive hit!
“I was first introduced to cricket at primary school, and at a similar age to those involved with the sessions last week, so I jumped at the chance to get involved with these sessions at MES and hopefully pass on my experiences.
“I really hope the fantastic coaches that were on hand who volunteered their time have managed to inspire a new generation of Scottish female cricketers. Who knows, maybe we've found ourselves some future Wildcats!"