The NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Stuart Ayres MP, today joined Lend Lease Breakers Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Erin Osborne and Sarah Coyte at the Sydney Cricket Ground to launch the inaugural Breakers Junior Cricket League.
Supported by the NSW Government, the Breakers Junior Cricket League is the cornerstone of a new female participation pathway designed to help keep NSW women’s cricket number one.
Cricket NSW’s female teams are among the most successful sporting teams in Australia.
The Lend Lease Breakers are aiming for their 10th straight Women’s National Cricket League crown this season, while the NSW U/18 side has won the last 10 National titles.
The NSW U/15 side won its second consecutive championship in 2013/14 while the NSW Indigenous team has won the Imparja Cup Women’s Division for the last seven years.
To ensure the ongoing success of these teams it is critical to have more young girls playing cricket for longer. The Breakers Junior Cricket League is designed to keep girls in the game after they graduate from introductory programs MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20Blast Girls.
The Breakers Junior Cricket League in turn will feed the Sydney Women’s Grade competition and the Cricket NSW Academy Metropolitan Programs. It launches across Sydney this Saturday (October 11) with 22 teams from 15 clubs competing in two divisions.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones said the Breakers Junior Cricket League was crucial to helping maintain cricket’s position as Australia’s Favourite Sport.
“Cricket is a sport for everyone and the Breakers Junior Cricket League will give more young girls the opportunity to develop their skills and stay involved in the game.
“The competition will be played across Sydney in its first season and will expand across NSW thereafter,” he said.
“Cricket NSW will be providing full-time administrative resources to support these competitions but we are also indebted to the clubs and volunteers for their support,” said Jones.
Jones also thanked Minister Ayres and the NSW Government for their support of the program and women’s cricket.
“The NSW Government is a major supporter of the Breakers Junior Cricket League. They are wonderful supporters of cricket in this State and we thank them for their help in getting more girls involved in the game,” he said.
Minister Ayres said the Government was extremely proud of the success achieved by NSW female cricket teams.
“From the Lend Lease Breakers, through to the NSW U/15 side, female cricketers are wonderful ambassadors for NSW and terrific role models for young girls. We are delighted to be able to support the Breakers Junior Cricket League and we hope to see even more girls adopting an active and healthy lifestyle through the pursuit of sport,” he said.
To find out more about the Breakers Junior Cricket League and to find a local club visit www.bjcl.nsw.cricket.com.au.