The Victoria women’s cricket team represents Victoria at the national level. They compete in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), the premier first-grade domestic competition for female cricketers in Australia. Cricket Victoria has launched a new program that implements a larger inclusion of competitions for high performances, facilities management and ways to grow a stronger Women’s Premier Cricket competition in the future. This strategy will directly improve connections in grass-root levels like in between clubs and schools, coaching , development, and local councils. This aims for a more realistic approach pushing player and coach development, retention of volunteers and the growth of facilities.
Cricket Victoria Chief Executive, Andrew Ingleton, said the new vision would also lead towards a single overall Premier Cricket strategy – encompassing both men and women – in the coming seasons. Ingleton advised:
“Women’s Premier Cricket continues to be the bedrock for competitive cricket at club level and an important nurturing environment for future stars, Women’s Premier Cricket has a rich recent history of producing some of our brightest talent – from Australian captain Meg Lanning at Box Hill through to Sophie Molineux at Dandenong. We’re committed to a strategy that will see us deliver enhanced facilities, administration, playing opportunities and renewed focus on attracting new players in the future.”
Women’s Premier Panel Chair, Penelope Cleghorn said the strategy set an important future direction for the competition: “It is an incredibly proud moment to have a Women’s Premier Cricket strategy developed, for the betterment of all women and girls playing cricket in Victoria. I’d like to thank the current members of the Women’s Premier Panel and Cricket Victoria Director Claudia Fatone for their hard work which has culminated in today’s announcement, the aim of this strategy is about consolidation rather than expansion of the competition. Women’s cricket is undergoing lots of positive change, and it is important that we provide a framework that will assist all stakeholders achieve the common goal of providing the best environment for our cricketers to excel.”
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