The free course aside, CWI has also planned to conduct interview series exploring the past, present and future of West Indies cricket and several Cricket Development Workshops in Antigua. These moves are aimed at getting more women in to the game – be it in coaching roles or as administrators.
“In what is a hugely exciting time for women’s cricket with the inaugural ICC Women’s Under-19s and Cricket World Cups on the horizon, we want to ensure that women and girls from across the Caribbean feel that they can be part of the game in a playing, coaching or administrative capacity at any level as their involvement is crucial to a thriving and sustainable cricket pathway,” said Chris Brabazon, CWI’s Coaching Development Manager, who will oversee the aforementioned initiatives.
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“The response to this week’s Online Foundation Course has been overwhelming with over 80 women signed up to take part in the event which is a clear reflection of the passion that exists for the game. We will also be releasing a series of interviews and presentations that highlight the rich heritage of women’s cricket, the current landscape and the future direction which will bring together some of the ‘best of the best’ to share their views including newly appointed West Indies Coach, Courtney Walsh, Jimmy Adams, Merissa Aguilleira and Anne Browne-John.”
At the UWI Frank Worrell Lecture series, Ricky Skerritt, the CWI President, had said that the board will give increased attention to women’s cricket and try and strengthen the pathway from grassroots to international stage. While one of those moves was the appointment of Walsh as the head coach, these events are further expected to add to the cause.
The training session will start on Tuesday.