This week we Focus on Wembley CC, exploring how the recent creation of a women’s section has benefited their club, both internally and in the wider local community.
What is the importance of the women’s team at Wembley?
Women’s cricket has been going from strength to strength in Middlesex over recent seasons, with more clubs entering teams to the Leagues each year. At Wembley this is no different. The women’s team was formed towards the end of 2019 and started playing League cricket in 2021. Being able to offer wider playing opportunities has seen the participation numbers at the club increase alongside further raising its profile in the community, showcasing that cricket is a sport that everybody can enjoy. It has also helped bring other sections together and has really enforced the family-oriented atmosphere within the club, as well as providing a clear pathway of progression for the girls who play in the Junior section.
What else happens at Wembley?
The club has over 150 years of cricketing history and is open to players of all abilities and ages. Wembley CC run five Saturday Senior League sides and one Sunday friendly team, alongside development sides playing in the U19 T20 and the Middlesex Youth Cup. Entering the Middlesex Transition Competitions allows the club to offer their juniors an extra opportunity to enjoy their cricket further, whilst helping them adapt from limited age group cricket into the Senior sides. Their home ground at Vale Farm is part of a sports club also offering tennis and darts, so there is sport played on site all year round. Because of this, Vale Farm is a key feature of the local community and plays a vital role in the development of the local children, especially when they are playing cricket during the summer.
The Derick Morgan and Esme Irwin League fixtures will be announced in the coming weeks, which will provide some early excitement as the 2022 season starts to be mapped out. This will be Wembley’s second season in the league, with their women’s section continuing to grow and develop. If you have any questions around recreational Women and Girls’ Cricket in Middlesex, please contact Sharon Eyers.
We would like to thank the team at Wembley for their contribution. You can find more information about the club on their website.