Worcestershire Women's Rapids team are proud to have acquired the support of Heart of Worcestershire College as their main sponsor for the 2017 campaign.
HOW College will be sponsoring the Worcestershire 50 over and 20 over sides which compete in the Royal London One-Day Championship and NatWest County T20 competitions. They will also provide financial backing to enable the women first team members to spread the word about the already flourishing women's cricket via coaching in schools across the county.
In the past two years there has been a 300% growth in women's and girl’s cricket throughout Worcestershire. HOW College is based in Deansway, Worcester and was formerly known as Worcester College of Technology.
Nicki Williams, Vice Principal of Heart of Worcestershire College, said, “We are delighted to support the Women’s Rapids this season. As a College we are passionate about providing positive opportunities for young people. Worcestershire Cricket Board has this same belief and they are extremely proactive in supporting participation in sports. We wish the Rapids every success in forthcoming matches.”
Tom Hill, Cricket Development Director, Worcestershire Cricket Board Limited, also expressed delight about the partnership with HOW College.
He said, "This is fantastic news for women’s cricket across the county. As part of the agreement, they are also funding some of our girls to go out and undertake visits to schools. It's not just about raising the profile of women's sport but actually activating it and getting more girls out there talking about cricket and playing the game. They will go out and coach across the summer."
He added, "We've had 300% growth in Women's and girls cricket during the past two years. This summer is probably going to be the biggest and best for women's sport and in cricket we've got the Women's World Cup this year, the Kia Super League is going to be on television.
"What we are doing on the back of the growth of our women's cricket team is to position them as real ambassadors for the game locally to try, engage and encourage more girls and women to see cricket as an option, to make it their game."
Hill also revealed that the Worcestershire Women's Rapids will be in action at New Road on August 13 as part of a double header. The men's team take on Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the NatWest T20 Blast and that will be followed by the women's County T20 fixture between the counties.
Hill said, "The real excitement for us is we are going to be able to showcase the women's game in a T20 double header on August 13. It will be a great experience for the team to play in front of a big crowd and we are encouraging Worcestershire supporters to stay on and support the team after the men's game."