On Monday night, Burbage and Easton Royal Cricket Club held their first ever taster for women’s softball cricket. I went along to take a few pics, but also to take part! I have to say I was a little nervous … not only had I not really done any exercise other than walking since I found out I was pregnant (back in December… 2017!!!!!!!) … but I had this idea that I would feel really self conscious trying something new at the age of forty! I have to say though, I absolutely LOVED it. It felt so good to get myself moving, and learn something new!
After a warm up, Director of Cricket for the club, Owen Alsop, coached us in the basic skills of batting and bowling, delivering the session at the perfect pace for a group of ladies who were, on the whole, new to playing the sport.
Many of the ladies who attended were mums who drop their children off for training sessions at the ground, as the U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s all train on a Monday. As I heard one lady say “It’s about time us ladies got to play rather than standing on the sidelines!”. After a recent training collaboration it was also great that a few members of Pewsey Netball Club came along. It is great to see local sports clubs supporting each other!
With all the kids training, the women training, and the bar open for spectators, the atmosphere at the club really was awesome, and after the success of the session, a six week program is now commencing as of this coming Monday, 29th April.
If you fancy a go… COME ALONG! It’s FREE! All you need is yourself and some comfy clothes. All the training kit has been specially provided by the England Cricket Board to clubs around the county to encourage more women to get involved in the sport. You can contact Owen for more details or with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org