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Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals launched across Cumbria

Sarah Earl, Penny Thompson and Laura Marshall
Sarah Earl, Penny Thompson and Laura Marshall

[T]he ECB is launching 180 Soft Ball Cricket Festivals nationally for women of all abilities to mark this summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup. Cumbria Cricket will be working with local clubs to deliver six inspiring and action-packed soft ball festivals across the county in July 2017.

In 2016 Cumbria Cricket launched Prosecco Cricket, 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!

Penny Thompson, Director of Women and Girls’ Cricket says: “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: “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. Don’t miss out on a free fun day we would love for you to be part of it! And be prepared to expect and experience something different!”

To get involved the links to register for free – as an individual or team – are available through the Cumbria Cricket website: www.cumbriacricket.co.uk and http://bit.ly/wsbf_CumbriaCricket.

The Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals will be held across Cumbria in July 2017 at the following venues:

2nd July Temple Sowerby Cricket Club
2nd July Carlisle Cricket Club
9th July Egremont Cricket Club
9th July South Lakes Maidens, Lindal Moor Cricket Club
16th July Burneside Cricket Club, Kendal
16th July Keswick Cricket Club

For more information
If you have any questions about the Women’s Soft Ball Festivals please contact Laura Marshall, Women and Girls’ Development Officer, via email on [email protected] or Mobile 07738174477.

For the latest updates please visit facebook @wsbfcumbria, twitter and Instagram www.cumbriacricket.co.uk

What is Soft Ball Cricket?
Soft Ball Cricket is a new, fun, fast, social game for all abilities featuring a soft ball. Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals are set to take over this summer during the ICC Women’s World Cup. Expect something different!

Where and when will the festivals be in Cumbria?
The Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals will be held across Cumbria in July 2017 at the following venues: 2nd July Temple Sowerby Cricket Club, 2nd July Carlisle Cricket Club, 9th July Egremont Cricket Club, 9th July South Lakes Maidens, Lindal Moor Cricket Club, 16th July Burneside Cricket Club, Kendal and 16th July Keswick Cricket Club.

Who are the festivals for?
The Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals are for everyone but specifically aimed at women who have not played cricket before. And are open to ages 14 and up.

What do you need to bring?
Nothing – all equipment is provided including a free t-shirt. There will be car parking, changing rooms, music and food. There is no dress code.

How do I sign up?
Simply follow the links at www.cumbriacricket.co.uk to register for your selected Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals.

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