Women's & Girls' Cricket at Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club

We are delighted to have a thriving women's cricket and girl's cricket set-up at our cricket club. Further information about this and how to get involved is below!

Our Ladies' Cricket Team

We are delighted to have a thriving women's cricket set-up at Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club. We welcome ladies of all ages, abilities and fitness levels and you could join our great group of ladies to learn new skills. We are playing softball women's cricket and there's no need to buy any equipment to get involved!

Our women's cricket journey started with offering taster sessions led by Emily Soilleux (ex-Northants county women) and community outreach. What has followed has been amazing and during the summer we run regular women's cricket sessions on Monday evenings at our club (based in John Burrows Recreation Ground). Monday evenings are also our youth training night in the summer so this is ideal for mums of new or existing youth players to get involved. During the winter months, we run free indoor women's cricket sessions at a local sports hall on Monday evenings.

We are take part in the Essex Softball Series with round robin softball tournaments across the summer which any of our ladies can take part in. We also enter the women's indoor softball cricket league. Our main aim is to enjoy ourselves, develop new skills and build a community feel among our ladies to grow women's cricket further.

Now in our second year, we have been growing further and we have refurbished our changing rooms to include a ladies changing room and toilet for when the existing changing rooms are all occupied on Saturdays so we are able to facilitate mixed gender teams in a more inclusive way at the club.

To get involved or if you have questions, please get in touch by email hadleigh.thundersleycc@gmail.com. Membership is free (our membership form is here) as are our summer training sessions, and we arrange social events with food as well.

Our women's cricket taster session
Our women's cricket taster session
Our women's cricket team
Our ladies at our softball tournament held at John Burrows

Our Girls' Cricket Offer

We have two pathways to introduce girls to cricket and grow their skills:

(1) All Stars and Dynamos Programmes

We run an annual All Stars programme for 5 to 8 year old girls and boys during the summer at our cricket club. This is ideal for beginners starting out their cricket journey with a softball and expert coaching following the ECB All Stars Programme. We hold these on Friday evenings in the summer 18:00-19:00. For more information, please email Dilber Vapiwala (Youth Secretary) at hadleigh.thundersleycc@gmail.com.

We also run an annual girls only Dynamos programme for 8 to 11 year old girls during the summer at our cricket club - the largest in the local area! This is ideal for beginners starting out their cricket journey with a softball and graduates from the All Stars programme. From the Dynamos programme, we have grown an Under 11 Girls Softball team who plays other girls' teams.

Dynamos training is held on Friday evenings in the summer 18:00-19:00. For more information, please email Dilber Vapiwala (Youth Secretary) at hadleigh.thundersleycc@gmail.com.

(2) Mixed Gender Youth Cricket

We also welcome girls directly into our mixed gender youth teams. Girls can play for two extra years in each age group recognising the different physical developments between girls and boys over time.

We start with Under 11 softball cricket or hardball cricket (girls up to Year 8), Under 13 hardball cricket (girls up to year 10) and Under 15 hardball cricket (girls up to year 12). Girls are also welcome to play in our open age Saturday hardball teams if they are at the right stage of their cricket development.

Girls from Year 7 and above can join our ladies' cricket sessions where we have a significant number of teenage girls, enough to run Under 13 Girls softball matches from time to time during the summer.

For more information, please email Mark Hardie (Women's & Girls Outreach Manager) at hadleigh.thundersleycc@gmail.com.

Our Under 9/11 mixed gender softball team
Under 9/11 Softball League Winners (2022)
Our girl's cricket Dynamos programme
Our Dynamos Girls enjoying their first session
Our All Stars Programme providing boys' cricket and girls' cricket
All Stars Programme for 5-8 year olds girls and boys
Our Under 12 girls' cricket team
Our Under 12 Girls at a tournament
Women's cricket coaching
Coaching women's cricket
Women's and girls' cricket coaching
Selection of training session photos

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