Wildcats lead Girls Kwik Cricket Festival in Perth
The annual Girls Kwik Cricket festival was held on Sunday 23rd August in Perth with the participants greeted with bright sunshine as over 100 girls graced the picturesque Doo’cot Park to play some cricket.
There were some experienced Wildcats on hand to give out some handy tips and share their experiences to the girls along the way too.
Teams travelled from all over Scotland to play - Elgin in the North to Galloway in the South - it was a fantastic opportunity for the young girls to play cricket in such a relaxed and fun environment.
For some girls this will have been their first taste of playing in a game, while for others it would have been the third kwik cricket event that they have been to. The results didn’t matter as much, it was more of the aim to see the girls enjoy playing the game.
Twelve teams played four games each over the course of 4 hours that included a little break for lunch, some photo opportunities, and a quick question and answer session with the Wildcats.
Kari Carswell Women’s Cricket Manager said “it’s been a great day and this really has become our flagship event for girls in Scotland. We have seen a steady increase in the number of girls playing across Scotland and to get 12 teams here today is pretty special.
Seeing over 100 girls all playing cricket on one outfield a few years ago was, so it really is a credit to our wonderful volunteers who work so hard in promoting girls cricket in the schools and clubs.
It’s great to have the Wildcats and U17’s along to help as well, they are great role models who didn’t always have the same opportunities - hopefully they’ve inspired a few girls to stick with cricket.”
Carswell also paid tribute to those who helped ensure the day was such a success, “I just want to say a huge thank you to Natalie Hamblin from Galloway CC who worked incredibly hard to do all the behind the scenes work to make this happen, to all the clubs, coaches, parents and the girls who came along and enjoyed the day. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and I’m pleased I picked the right date to get such a glorious day weather wise!”
Girls represented the following clubs/areas:
Meigle, Forfarshire & Dundee, Arbroath, Hawick, Falkland, Galloway, Perth Doo’cot & Stirling, Carlton, East Lothian, SMRH & MES, Elgin