March 13, 2008
U12 & U16 Girls National Cricket Trials
The BCB are pleased to announce trials for Bermuda's first girl's U16 and U12 National Squads on Sunday 16, March. The teams will train regularly under the guidance of qualified cricket coaches and compete in the BCB Youth Leagues.
The programme for the day has been designed by National Coach, Gus Logie and Cricket Development Director, Arnold Manders. Trials will take place at Berkeley Institute Field - U12s (12 years and younger) will try out from 10am - 12pm and the U16s (16 years and younger) from 1pm - 3pm (age at 1st September).
Mr. Arnold Manders stated, "The BCB is looking to increase girl's participation in cricket. In our 2007 Youth Leagues, BHS fielded our first all-girls team and several other teams had individual girls playing. At the trials, the girls will start with learning to develop the skills of cricket. We will also focus on team spirit and cooperation. It is our overall aim to promote healthy lifestyles for all our young players and to provide a safe environment for them to come out, play cricket and have fun. If you have any questions about the trials, please contact the BCB on 292-8958."
Mr. Pearman, President of the BCB stated, "We are excited about forming two all-girl National Teams who will eventually feed into our relatively new National Women's Programme. It is our goal to develop women's cricket on the island through participation and competition and we are starting with the youth. Last year three of our National women players, Maryellen Jackson, Stacy Babb and Terry-Lynn Paynter graduated with WICB Level 1 Coaching Course and, among others, they will be assisting the girls through the trials. All girls are encouraged to turn up and play, we are starting from the basics and, therefore, there is no experience required at this stage."