Following on from the success of Sonning CC’s first women’s Soft Ball cricket team in 2020, there seemed no better time to take the step into Girl’s cricket, and 2021 sees us announce the formation of Sonning Stingers U11 Girls' Soft Ball Cricket Team.
As a junior section, currently boys and girls play in the same side, but not all girls like the idea of ‘hard ball’ cricket and so we often lose them as they make the move up to U11s when the hard ball is first introduced into the junior game. Soft ball cricket offers a ‘pairs’ format of the game that affords itself to those looking to give the game a try without the complication of lots of kit and rules. A team sport, soft ball cricket encourages teamwork but most essentially is centred on fun and engagement – a sport for all abilities – this may lead to a move into hard ball cricket, but we are totally committed to this format of the game for the long term.
We have entered a team into the Girls U11 Super 6's Berkshire Youth Cricket League this season, which is for girls in school years 4 through 6. If this is a success we hope to expand into the older age groups which will provide a route through for our girls until they are ready to join the women's team.
Our junior section is thriving and we promote cricket for all in a friendly and enjoyable environment where all children have an opportunity to take part in the game, developing new skills irrespective of their starting ability.
We have held the ECB Clubmark status since 2012, with our latest accreditation being confirmed in October 2019, which is a testament to our determination to run a professional operation as a club that is entirely volunteer-run with all funds being used to support the cricket. This isn’t possible without parental support and if you were considering our soft ball team for your daughter, feel free to get involved too.
Please feel free to get in touch to find out more or to register by emailing email@example.com.