The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has introduced the creation of a three-tiered home competitors construction and a shift within the possession mannequin underpinning the ladies’s skilled sport.
In addition to the brand new construction, the ECB will make investments an additional £4-5m per yr within the girls’s skilled sport from 2025-2028. This can take annual funding as much as £16m.
The plan will see the present eight girls’s Regional groups evolve to turn out to be ‘Tier 1 Golf equipment’ and every might be ‘owned, ruled, and operated by a person First Class County (FCC) or Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC)’.
Every of the 18 FCCs and MCC have acquired an invite to tender a bid to turn out to be a girls’s Tier 1 membership and have till March 10 to submit their software.
Beneath the present plans, at some stage in the 2025-2028 seasons all three tiers might be ‘closed’, with no promotion or relegation.
These golf equipment will make up the highest tier of the brand new three-tier mannequin and can take part within the ECB’s girls’s skilled T20 and 50-over competitions from 2025 onwards.
Key goals of labor to evolve the ladies’s skilled sport construction
|• Making certain stronger possession, accountability, and governance to assist the expansion of girls’s cricket.
|• Creating scale and visibility for the ladies’s sport to speed up crew and participant fandom.
|• Establishing a extra compelling platform to commercialise girls’s cricket, whereas enhancing present preparations for FCCs with business companions who wish to sponsor aligned female and male sports activities properties.
|• Offering long-term stability and a deeper sense of belonging for the ladies’s groups and feminine gamers.
As soon as this course of is accomplished, these FCCs not awarded Tier 1 standing and Nationwide Counties might be invited into the method to find out Tier 2 and Tier 3 golf equipment.
ECB chief govt Richard Gould mentioned: “Since 2020, by way of the appearance of the ladies’s regional mannequin, we’ve seen vital progress within the professionalisation of girls’s cricket, however we’re nonetheless solely simply scratching the floor of its potential.
“To proceed shifting ahead, and to make cricket a gender-balanced sport, we want a change within the possession mannequin and governance construction underpinning the ladies’s skilled sport.
“This invitation to tender and the uplift in funding due to this fact represents our subsequent step: a step that may embed the possession of our eight girls’s skilled groups inside the sport, drive accountability, and elevate the standing of girls’s home cricket to allow it to go additional, develop quicker and attain its full potential.”
ECB director of girls’s skilled sport, Beth Barrett-Wild, mentioned: “The tempo and nature of change inside the girls’s cricket panorama during the last 10 years, however particularly the final 5, has been speedy and transformational.
“The variety of alternatives for women and girls to entry the game has by no means been higher, and the variety of folks following and falling in love with the ladies’s sport has by no means been greater.
“We consider that the subsequent chapter is much less concerning the separate transformation of girls’s cricket and extra about the entire sport evolving collectively.
“The invitation to tender issued to all 18 of our FCCs and MCC immediately to progress the possession and governance of our eight girls’s skilled groups, together with the numerous growth of the ladies’s home competitors construction from 2025 and uplift in funding, characterize essential subsequent steps in cricket evolving into the game we would like it to be.
“One with equality of alternative for women and men, girls and boys, to really feel like it’s a sport for them.”
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