Cricket Australia’s National Cricket Census release last week revealed that 63,806 women and girls across the state took to the field in 2016-17.
The data came on the eve of PlayCricket week, the sport’s national registration awareness drive, which this week has Perth Scorchers players and staff heading out to up to 200 schools in the metro area.
WACA Community Engagement Manager Roy McNamara-Smith said the numbers in the school yard had taken off.
“Similar to the previous season, the biggest boost in numbers came from school participation, with more girls engaging with cricket through our school programs,” he said.
“The WACA has again led the country in its approach to growing cricket for women and girls and now almost half the primary school aged girls in WA are playing cricket.”
McNamara-Smith said filling the gap between the successful school programs and the elite level pathways had been a focus for the WACA over the past three years.
The Perth Scorchers Girls League, aimed at players 10-18yrs at a community level, continued to experience rapid growth.
“We now have 44 teams across the state, including new competitions established in Peel, Midland Guildford, Northam, Bunbury and Esperance,” McNamara-Smith said.
“Our aim is to double that number this summer.
“The Perth Scorchers Girls League creates awareness at a community level, to show there is an option for cricket fans who don’t necessarily want to be elite players, but still love the sport and want a chance to play.”
The WACA is holding the Holman Discover Cricket for Girls Day on Saturday 2 September from 9.45am -12pm for girls ages 5-18yrs.
For more information on PlayCricket Week, head to playcricket.com.au.