Darley Dale Cricket Club hosted the third of their popular Women and Girls Softball Cricket evenings down at their Station Road ground on Friday.
The Women and Girls Softball Cricket evenings have offers women and girls of all ages and abilities a free, non-competitive opportunity to enjoy the game of cricket, exercise, have fun, socialise and make new friends.
Aside from the activities, the clubhouse and club facilities were open throughout the programme, further enhancing Darley Dale CC’s reputation as a community hub.
In total, over 60 women and girls from the local community took part in the initiative, which was run in conjunction with the ECB, the governing body of England cricket.
As well as those taking part, many club members, friends and parents came to support, making for a successful evening on and off the field.
The club’s junior section has already benefited from the evenings, with a number of girls wanting to play on a regular basis, while 21 of the 52 youngsters registered as part of the recent All Stars initiative – a participation programme for girls and boys aged five to eight - are girls.
The events also tied to the recent hugely successful Women’s World Cup, which saw games hosted at Derbyshire CCC’s 3aaa County Ground, and ended with England lifting the trophy at a sold-out Lord’s.
For further details on the programme, future initiatives and cricket in general at Darley Dale CC, visit darleydale.play-cricket.com.