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11 October, 2020

A junior cricket clinic that's getting the girls involved

Geoff Spotswood has made his third trip to Gilgandra, this time with a renewed focus on getting young girls involved in cricket.

By Telden Nelson

Participants at the Geoff Spotswood cricket clinic were run through a number of drills to sharpen their skills.

Last week the Geoff Spotswood cricket clinic returned to Gilgandra for the third time. Aspiring young cricketers had the chance to get a masterclass from the former first-class cricketer and rugby league player, and his hand-picked team of young coaches.

Mr Spotswood said that this year had been their best year for turnout, particularly among girls.

“We’ve got our best numbers yet with 42 participants coming down and one of the really pleasing things is that 14 out of those children attending are girls.”

Mr Spotswood said that the increase in young girls participating in the program was a good reflection of the increased focus on women in sport across different codes.

“Cricket is one of those sports that is high profile and we’re seeing women’s sport across the globe achieving parity with men," Mr Spotswood said.

“In surfing we’ve got men and women competing for the same amount of money, and women across Australia are being encouraged to shoot for the stars.

"As a teacher it’s really gratifying to see communities also embracing that push for equality and engagement. You can see from the enthusiasm of the girls here that Gilgandra is going to have a really strong women’s cricket program.”

Mr Spotswood said that over the three years he’s been bringing his program to Gilgandra he’s seen some good development in the young local cricketers.

“We’ve been talking to the children about what we spoke to them about last year and we’re seeing the improvements they’ve made and their looking to improve further. So, we’re seeing a progression in a lot of the children who have been to the clinic before.

A young aspiring cricketer throwing down some right arm medium pace.

"Overall we’re seeing really good improvements over time. We aren’t having to start from scratch with the older two groups as well.”

The cricket coach also commented on the quality of the facilities made available to he and his coaches on McGrane Oval. “The facilities here are outstanding, the Gilgandra Junior Cricket Club has organised four mown in wickets on the main field, despite still being in the tail end of the football season.”

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