PREPARATIONS are well in hand to launch the first women’s cricket club in the area at St Boswells.
The Borders has always been a major player in the Scottish girls’ and women’s game – not least since Scottish Internationalist Kathryn White, now a St Boswells player, first played for Peebles back in 2004.
Our girls’ teams have been successful, not only locally but nationally. The Borders Girls under-16s has been a part of the Borders junior under-13s league for the last two years and also managed to lift a number of national and regional indoor trophies under White’s steady hand.
She told TheSouthern: “Nationally, we are very well represented, there are no less than six Borders girls involved in the current set-up at senior women and under-17s. So we play a big part in the girls’ game in Scotland.”
White, now a veteran of the women’s game with 60-plus caps and still going strong, coaches the under-17s who have a very big year ahead of them in the English County Championships.
“I am determined, however, to set up a women’s team in the Borders so that we can take part in the forthcoming National League and second year of the National Cup,” she added.
“Basically, after coaching girls for more than four years we have some that are too old to continue playing in the junior leagues. And I want to be able to provide opportunities for them to continue to play rather than lose them from the game.”
With the crop of players getting older in 2011, a Borders Women’s team will play a full part in the Borders Colts (under-15s), a tournament that will challenge them (and their opponents) and provide them with a full set of fixtures for the first time.
But it doesn’t stop there. Kathryn explained: “This is a huge year for women’s cricket in Scotland with an expanded national programme – which I hope at least six of our players will be heavily involved in – but also the launch of the first Scottish women’s league.”
Indeed, with the Borders Women’s team playing all of their home Borders Colts games at the Green, St Boswells, the timing couldn’t be more right. The new side will take part in the National Women’s Cup, in its second year, and also the new league once launched.
Kathryn continued: “Since I moved to play at St Boswells last year I have been bowled over by the club’s support for a women’s section and the amazing support that I have had from all at the club for the project. We are all very excited by the opportunities this could bring to the club and the Borders.”
Not one to let the grass grow under her feet, Kathryn has organised the open evening (between 7 and 9pm) for girls and women at the Queens Leisure Centre on Sunday and is planning a national six-a-side event to take place at the Green on Sunday, August 21.
The initiative is also being supported by Borders community cricket development manager Neil Cameron who told us: “There have been several notable successes with wins at national indoor tournaments and our own tournament at the Gytes which the girls have dominated for the last three years.
“But it has not been easy. The Borders clubs have been exceptionally supportive of the girls and without that and the many hours that Kathryn has dedicated to their development we wouldn’t be at this stage.”
If you, your friends, mum, sisters, daughters are interested in getting involved in this exciting new adventure you can contact Kathryn at email@example.com
All will be welcome regardless of age and ability.