Cumbria Cricket to work with clubs in the county to deliver soft balls festivals to mark the ICC Women’s World Cup

Get involved: Cumbria Cricket to deliver six soft ball festivals next month
Get involved: Cumbria Cricket to deliver six soft ball festivals next month

Cumbria Cricket will be working with clubs across the county to deliver six inspiring and action-packed soft ball festivals next month.

The England Cricket Board is launching 180 Soft Ball Cricket Festivals nationally for women of all abilities to mark this summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup - and Cumbrian clubs are set to get involved.

In 2016, Cumbria Cricket launched Prosecco Cricket, which was targeted to encourage lots of new women to participate in the sport.

This year, Cumbria Cricket is keen to build on this success by tying into national activity with the free Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals.

Each festival is being developed with the focus on delivering an exceptional experience, and will be packed with entertainment including BBQs, music and face painting.

Director of Women and Girls’ Cricket at Cumbria Cricket Penny Thompson said: “We are delighted to be launching this national initiative in women’s cricket here in Cumbria.

“So many girls and women across the county are discovering cricket now and they are showing us all how fun it can be in new and different formats.

“Women’s Soft Ball is a brilliant case of mixing up the rules to make the sport fit the players and I think we can all expect something very different from these festival days.”

Laura Marshall, Women and Girls’ Development Officer at Cumbria Cricket, said: “We want to encourage everyone to come along.

“And, if you haven’t played cricket before, that’s perfect as we are targeting new women to cricket and we want you and your friends to have a great first experience of the game.

“The fun and friendly games will be eight-a-side, using a soft ball. The rules are designed to make the games fun, fast and easy to pick up.

“Our goal is for everyone involved to have a fantastic experience, it’s more about the fun atmosphere on a festival theme with music playing, BBQ, different types of stalls and fun activities for the kids.”

To get involved the links to register for free – as an individual or a team – are available through the Cumbria Cricket website.

The Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals will be held across Cumbria at Temple Sowerby on July 2, Carlisle on July 2, Egremont on July 9, Lindal Moor and South Lakes Maidens on July 9, Burneside on July 16 and Keswick on July 16.

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