Hits & Missus, which forms part of our Diverse Communities work in Leeds, is an initiative to get women and girls engaging with and playing cricket, allowing them access to all the benefits sport can bring, such as leadership and teamwork skills and physical and mental health benefits.
Hits & Missus is an initiative that began in 2018 to get more girls active and into sport! The idea was to target schools and Leeds-based community groups and get them playing a format of cricket with some fun twists such as cultural dancing sessions and empowering talks.
We hosted four tournament events throughout the year (two in Winter and two in Summer) and a summer final. We wanted to create the right environment for women and girls to play sport and break down barriers that might prevent participation, making cricket inclusive and accessible. This involved tailoring the sessions around their needs and wants, to encourage them to play.
Hits & Missus tackles these statistics head on by making sure sessions were informal, free and a female-only environment.
The YCF were lucky enough to acquire the Women’s World Cup across the summer, so for the winners of the summer Hits & Missus final, Allerton High, we took the Cup along to their presentation assembly to celebrate their success and inspire them to continue to play sport.
We purposefully chose venues that had a girl’s Cricket provision in place, so participants had a clear pathway to continue playing if they wanted to and we also promoted upcoming women’s softball sessions.