WACA chief executive Christina Matthews, Goldfields Regional Cricket officer Matt Cowie and WACA Country Cricket manager Steve Philippe in Esperance.GIRLS cricket in Esperance could be set to grow, according to WACA chief executive Christina Matthews.
Ms Matthews, who visited Esperance last week, said the WACA was looking at ways to integrate girls into local programs.
“Our emphasis is as much on girls as it is on boys,” Ms Matthews said.
“We are looking at entry level and growing them up with the game”.
Female participation in WA cricket has risen 44.2 per cent at entry-level and 5.2 per cent in club participation.
Goldfields Regional Cricket officer Matt Cowie said there was a need to encourage girls to compete in local competitions.
“We are trying to see where there’s potential to grow girls cricket in Esperance, and hopefully look to get a team from Esperance to compete in the Girl’s Country Carnival in January in Perth.”
Mr Cowie said girls participation in local sporting competitions was deterred by the traditional way in which clubs were set up, but having female volunteers involved in cricket clubs had previously improved girls involvement.
“When we had some really good female coordinators around, the participation went up and as soon as they drop away its hard to replenish that,” he said.
WACA chief executive Christina Matthews visited Esperance last Wednesday to meet with stakeholders and evaluate cricket in the area.
She said she wanted to let locals know they are part of the “cricket family”.
“Our job at the WACA is to help them grow the game here and let them know they’ve got support for whatever they need.”
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