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Daughters and Dads Cricket

A ground breaking program which develops cricket skills and strengthens the relationship between daughter and dad.

What is Daughters & Dads Cricket?

Developed by the University of Newcastle in partnership with Cricket Australia, Daughters and Dads Cricket is the sport specific version of the award winning Daughters and Dad Active and Empowered program and designed to address the participation barriers faced by 7-12 year old girls


The benefits

Daughters & Dads Cricket is designed for girls new to cricket who have not played before.

  • Dads are taught key parenting and coaching skills to improve their daughter’s skills and engagement in cricket.
  • Daughters make rapid improvements as they work with Dad - their 'personal coach', and receive lots of batting, bowling and fielding practice.
  • Develops girls social-emotional skills as well as their practical cricket skills. It also focuses on improving girls’ knowledge of and engagement with the game.
  • Strategies to empower girls to be aware of gender prejudice and how to overcome those barriers using critical thinking and the support of their dads.
  • An innovative home program with daughters and dads working together in engaging cricket-related skills, physical activity and educational challenges.

The program

Daughters and Dads Cricket is a 9 week program connecting daughters and dads as they learn about cricket.

The first session is a dads-only education session covering all key content, including information on the unique and powerful influence of fathers, engaging, and coaching their daughters in cricket and positive parenting strategies. Dads also learn about the culture of gender prejudice ‘pinkification’ that exists in many aspects of their daughters’ lives and how they can become gender equity advocates and improve their daughters’ confidence to play.

Daughters and dads then attend 8 x 90 minute weekly themed sessions, which are made up of 30 minutes of education and 60 minutes of practical activity.

Education sessions focus on developing daughters’ understanding of cricket, building daughters’ key social and emotional skills such as, resilience, persistence, self-control and bravery, and enhancing the father-daughter bond.

The practical sessions focus on three key areas - rough and tumble fielding, batting and bowling skill development, and modified cricket games. The home program provides further opportunities to reinforce content and practice cricket skills at home

Want to participate?

We're currently planning programs for Term 3 & 4 in NSW and WA and spreading our wings as we look at programs in other States..

If you’d like to be kept informed about the location of our Term 3 programs and future options please complete this quick form and we’ll let you know all the details.

Interested in delivering a Daughters & Dads Cricket program?

Do you have experience in presenting to groups? Do you have a Working with Children Check? Do you have enthusiasm, passion and desire to make a difference?

We’d love to hear from you!

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The background

Despite the visibility and success of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and the WBBL, only 14% of Australian junior cricketers are girls. There are a number of physical, psychological and environmental barriers that impact on girls’ motivation to pick up a bat and ball.

  • Many girls lack the basic skills necessary to participate in entry level junior cricket programs.
  • Many girls lack the confidence to attempt new sport skills in programs attended predominantly by boys.
  • There are limited opportunities for quality coaching and sports skill practice.
  • Many girls consider cricket to be a ‘boys’’ sport and receive less encouragement and opportunity to play in the community, backyard and at school.
  • Many programs targeting girls participation in sport don’t address gender barriers