Northerns Cricket Union is setting off a new environment for South African women's cricket with the launch of their all-girls Northerns Girls Cricket Academy on 2 March 2018, at The Glen High School, Pretoria.
The Academy will be headed by Northerns Senior Women, U/19 -Women and Girls Head Coach, Martelize van der Merwe and Head Coach of the Girls Academy and Titans Girl’s facilitation coach, Lineze Wilson.
From grassroots to professional, the Academy is aiming inspire more women and girls to play cricket at all levels.
"We’re trying to create opportunities for girls that do not have access to cricket, and for girls that want to play and get exposed to better quality coaching.” says van der Merwe.
“There’s such a big gap between girls and boys in school cricket where boys start at an early age and girls in high school or after school, so we’re trying to close that gap,” added Wilson.
The first of it's kind, the Academy will use The Glen High School’s cricket facilities as its operational hub, and both coaches are hoping to expand to other sections in Pretoria to increase accessibility.
Training starts off with the basics aimed at assessing the player's current playing ability and will be done using Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) skill assessment blueprint, which will ensure that players are trained to meet international standards
The Academy is open to girls of all ages, is free and offers access to the best cricket equipment which will come to use in the six-a-side games that will form part of the programme.
If you’re interested in joining, contact the head coaches via the following:
Martelize van der Merwe
Cell: +27(0)83 216 1321
Cell: +27(0)83 222 9431