In the latest of QC's Community Cricket video series, we look at some of the programs and initiatives that are helping to grow female participation across the state.
Two of these initiatives include the Streetsmarts Secondary Schools T20 Challenge and the Toowoomba Girls Cricket Hub.
The Secondary Schools Cup is a statewide league that provides schools with a competitive and fun environment to test themselves in the T20 format with teams involved from all over Queensland. An intermediate girls competition was introduced last season, and such has been the success of the Schools Cup, a senior competition will be introduced in 2019.
The Schools Cup has also been a greater driver for players to transition from school to club cricket.
One of the biggest success stories in developing female cricket in Queensland is the Toowoomba Girls Cricket Hub.
Launched in 2017, the Toowoomba Girls Cricket Hub brings female participants together in a fun, inclusive and friendly environment to play in all-girls teams.
The Hub has been a major driver for female cricket development in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region, and in 2018 was named the Initiative of the Year at the QLD Sport for All Awards.
With the increased promotion of female cricket through the Australian Women's Cricket Team and the WBBL, young girls can now see a pathway towards playing cricket at the elite level.
Combined with initiatives such as the Toowoomba Girls Cricket Hub and Streetsmart Secondary Schools T20 Challenge, female participation makes up 33 per cent of player numbers in Queensland.