The ICC this week announced that Cricket Scotland has been awarded the Europe Regional Winner of the 100% Cricket Participation Programme of the Year for the 12 Women and Girls’ Hubs set-up across Scotland in 2019.
The award celebrates participation programmes delivered by Associate Members that either introduces new female participants to cricket, or sees female participants who have had an initial exposure to the game transition into regular players.
Nicola Wilson, Cricket Scotland’s Head of Participation, said: “We have worked really hard over the past few years to come up with innovative ways to support clubs in offering women and girls cricket.
“I am delighted that we have won another international award and I am extremely proud of our women and girls’ participation manager Rosy Ryan and the wider Cricket Scotland participation team.”
Speaking of the award, Will Glenright, General Manager (Development) at ICC, said: “Cricket Scotland deserves great credit and recognition for the success of the Women and Girls’ Hubs launched in 2019. The 12 Hubs involving approximately 300 female participants is an excellent example of providing support to clubs who are committed to offering cricket to females in a welcoming environment, in many cases for the very first time.
“Moreover, the hub concept demonstrates the important role the national federation can provide clubs, in the form of tailored support from a local development officer, providing structure and advice as to how best to run new participation programmes.
“Cricket Scotland should also be commended on this innovative model which offers a ‘menu’ of its programmes, giving flexibility to the clubs as well as giving those that qualify as a W&G Hub an official status within Scottish domestic cricket.
“Rewarding clubs that show engagement and are keen for support in this way is a model we hope to share with others around Europe and we hope that Cricket Scotland are able to create a number of new Hubs in the years ahead.”
The award comes one year after Cricket Scotland was awarded Innovation of the Year by the ICC for our CricHIIT programme – which combines high-intensity interval training and cricket skills – also aimed at driving women and girls’ participation across the country.