Women's Softball Review 2023!

In 2023, Derbyshire Cricket Foundation ran 25 Women’s Softball Festivals, a record amount which attracted a record number of Women and Girls into the game!

For those that don’t know, the below will tell you what our festivals are all about!

This year, all of our festivals were once again sponsored by Chevin Homes. Their support this year has meant that we can provide more opportunities for women and girls across Derbyshire to get involved in cricket this summer!

To enter a festival, all you need to do is find seven other women, form a team and register!  It’s that simple!  All abilities are welcome, and the equipment will be provided. Team registrations are completely free of charge.  These festivals are ideal for clubs who have new players who want to experience cricket in a fun, safe and social environment!

Below is a summary of where all our festivals took place in 2023!

Date Venue
7th of May Sandiacre Town CC
7th of May Darley Dale CC
7th of May Riddings CC
14th of May Melbourne Town CC
14th of May Langley Mill Utd CC
4th of June Aston Village CC
18th of June Ashbourne CC
18th of June Holmesfield CC
18th of June Swanwick Hall CC
9th of July South Wingfield CC
9th of July Clowne Town CC
9th of July Chapel-en-le-Frith CC
16th of July West Hallam White Rose CC
16th of July Belper Amateurs CC
23rd of July Elvaston CC
30th of July Alvaston & Boulton CC
30th of July Matlock & Cromford CC
13th of August Derbyshire CCC
20th of August Chesterfield CC
20th of August Long Eaton CC
20th of August Marehay CC
3rd of September Swarkestone CC
10th of September Alfreton CC
10th of September Brailsford & Ednaston CC


As you can see, a huge number of festivals! This led to an equally huge number of matches played, 340!

A huge thank you to our host clubs, without you and all your hard work, we couldn’t put on the festivals in such numbers! It is much appreciated.

The growth of Women’s Softball Cricket year on year is proving to be fantastic for the game, more and more clubs are seeing huge benefits on and off the field.

Many clubs are seeing Women’s players encouraging more family engagement at the club, retention of Men’s players as well as Women’s players transitioning from playing to volunteering, coaching and even working on club exec committees. All of which is vitally important for the survival of clubs.

The future is bright for the Women’s game, and we believe those clubs who don’t run Women’s cricket in 2024 will be in the minority! Which is a huge contrast to where the game was 3 or 4 years ago.

2023: A Summary

Women’s Softball team participation up by 23% on 2023

625 players involved in festivals

48 clubs in Derbyshire took part

26 festivals

13 different days of cricket

Thanks to all those teams/ clubs and players involved in 2023. Well done for taking part and giving cricket a go. We can’t wait to see you again in 2024!

If you and your club are keen to be involved in 2024, then please get in touch with Charlie via charlie.storr@dcfcricket.com or 07775001003

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