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Swan View Cricket Club's women's team has been awarded a $5000 grant from Commonwealth Bank through their Player of the Series Award.

Boost for women’s cricket

By Rebecca Peppiatt

CREATING an inclusive and welcoming environment for women and girls has paid off for Swan View Cricket Club after they were awarded a $5000 grant, thanks to Commonwealth Bank.

As part of the Player of the Series award for the Women’s Ashes series, Commonwealth Bank wanted to make a contribution to a community club through the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund to recognise the work, drive and dedication of a club to growing the game for girls.

Each state was asked to nominate a club and Commonwealth Bank selected Swan View Cricket Club for all they have done for females who love the sport.

“We’ve only had a women’s team for the last few years but it keeps getting bigger and bigger,” junior vice president and women’s coordinator Leon Ottobrino said.

“Now the women have their own sides and coaches and there are girls playing here as young as five years old.”

Mr Ottobrino said the club’s popularity among women can be put down to carefully selected coaches, a great social element off pitch and an inclusive attitude.

“Women’s cricket is definitely picking up across the state but for us it’s picking up much faster,” he said.

“One thing we’ve done, is we’ve been very careful with who we choose to coach the women.

“They don’t have to be the best cricketers, it’s about making sure they’re able to communicate very well and be approachable.

“It’s about creating a good environment for them.”

Swan View CC now boasts two teams in the local senior female competition, plus teams in both the junior under 11’s and 13’s girls competitions.

Men’s teams still outweigh the women’s by seven to one, but Leon hopes in time that will change.

For now, the grant is very welcomed by the club who will use the money for new women’s uniforms, equipment and private coaching.

Mr Ottobrino’s advice to any women or girls considering giving cricket a go, is to “just get involved”.

“Don’t even think about it,” he said.

“You’d make good friends, some of the women are part of the club family now, they come to all our functions and enjoy the social aspect after a game, getting people together.”


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