Ghosts winter academy sets girls up for cricket success

Lauren Cheatle and Hannah Trethewy with the Campbelltown Camden Ghosts 2019 women's premiership trophy.
Lauren Cheatle and Hannah Trethewy with the Campbelltown Camden Ghosts 2019 women's premiership trophy.

Female cricketers from Macarthur have been hitting it out of the park of late, and other locals girls now have the chance to achieve their success.

The Campbelltown-Camden District Cricket Club is about to launch its female winter academy, where budding Meg Lannings and Ellyse Perrys can pick up all the skills they need to carve out a professional cricketing career.

Academy assistant coach Hannah Trethewy - who has experienced success in with the Sydney Thunder Women's Big Bash League team and captains the Ghosts' women's first grade team - said there had never been a better time for girls to get involved in cricket.

"Women's cricket is going really great right now," she said.

"The academy is an opportunity for girls of whatever cricketing level to expand their skills.

"They can be new to the sport and meet plenty of new people and have their first opportunity to swing a bat.

"This wasn't offered when I was starting to get into cricket, which I think just proves that the sport is growing more and more with young girls."

Trethewy said it was up to local clubs to keep girls interested in the sport as they got older.

"Our challenge is to keep people playing on past childhood," she said.

She said cricket was a great team sport to be involved in because there were so many people who had your back on the field.

"Every week you get to head out with 10 or 11 other players and develop that team spirit," Trethewy said.

"You don't get that opportunity in individual sports."

The 10-week winter academy will be launched at Raby Sports Complex on the evening Wednesday, June 19 and the first session will begin on Wednesday, June 26 at 5.30pm.

Participants will learn specialist batting, bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping coaching from a strong group of mentors including Trethewy, head coach James Broadbent and four specialist coaches: Clara Iemma, Hannah Darlington, Lauren Cheatle and Steph Ellsmore.

The cricket academy costs $300 per child. Sign up by emailing: women@ghostscricket.com.