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Nottingham replaces Loughborough as women’s regional hub

Nottinghamshire will take over the internet hosting of the east midlands group within the ECB’s girls’s regional construction, changing Loughborough College.

Lightning have been based mostly at Loughborough because the new regional set-up was carried out in 2019, with eight hubs changing the earlier county-based construction for ladies’s cricket. The college, which can also be dwelling to the ECB’s Nationwide Efficiency Centre, will hand over the operating of the group, which is but to be given a brand new identify, from November.

“We might like to position on file our because of Loughborough College for his or her exhausting work, dedication and collaboration throughout the final seven years,” Jo Kirk, the ECB’s head of ladies’s home cricket, mentioned. “In addition to being an vital a part of the Kia Tremendous League, they’ve performed an important position in forming Lightning, and since 2019 establishing the regional mannequin of their a part of the nation.

“We’re actually trying ahead to working with the group at Nottinghamshire CCC as they transfer to main inside their area, alongside Derbyshire CCC, Leicestershire CCC and Lincolnshire.

“The continued development of the Girls’s Regional Construction and the impression it has had on the general well being of ladies’s cricket in England and Wales is one thing we needs to be actually happy with, and we’re trying ahead to persevering with that momentum with a brand new Regional Accomplice within the East Midlands.”

The change comes on account of a tendering course of after the ECB and Loughborough determined that feminine gamers within the east midlands could be higher served by being related to a first-class county.

The group and academy, which is able to run collectively by Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, might be based mostly at Trent Bridge however performed video games all through the area.

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s Director of Cricket, mentioned: “Seeing the expansion of ladies’s cricket has been one of many greatest pleasures of being concerned within the recreation lately. We have been lucky to be closely concerned in that as a bunch venue for Trent Rockets, in addition to welcoming Lightning to play 50-over and T20 cricket at Trent Bridge.

“This seems like the proper time to take our dedication to girls’s cricket ahead. We’re certain that the gamers, coaches and help workers will really feel impressed by being at Trent Bridge, and we imagine that entry to our world-class amenities and the information of our current teaching and help workers will help us in creating and attracting expertise.

“Our neighbouring counties will proceed to host fixtures within the Charlotte Edwards Cup and the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, and we are going to collectively construct a regional participant pathway based mostly at faculties and golf equipment all through the East Midlands.

“We’re all dedicated to bettering the power and depth of the feminine expertise pool and offering a transparent and visual route for essentially the most proficient ladies from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to progress from their very own county age group groups right into a regional construction.

“We hope that the added publicity we can provide to the brand new regional construction may also help to lift the profile of ladies and ladies’ cricket all through the East Midlands and ship tangible long-term outcomes.”

Loughborough Lightning have been runners-up within the 2018 Kia Tremendous League, however completed backside of their group within the Charlotte Edwards Cup in 2021 and 2022.

Ian Learn, CEO of Lightning Regional Host at Loughborough College, added: “Athletes are all the time on the centre of our considering and it is clear that working immediately with a first-class county is the best choice to proceed their improvement and the event of the sport.

“We now have labored carefully with the ECB all through the method of constructing our determination to move the baton and are proud to proceed working with Nottinghamshire alongside all the opposite East Midlands companions. Loughborough College stays dedicated to cricket for each genders and can proceed to develop gamers and compete as a college as we now have for a few years.”

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