Loughborough University announced as Women’s Cricket Super League host
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today announced that Loughborough University has been named as one of the six hosts that will compete in the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League this summer.
The announcement follows a rigorous bidding process over the last six months, which saw 28 different organisations express an interest in becoming a Women’s Cricket Super League host. The award process culminated today, when the ECB Board approved the six selected hosts.
The six Women’s Cricket Super League hosts in full are:
- Hampshire Cricket with partners: Berkshire Cricket Ltd, Dorset Cricket Board, Isle of Wight Cricket Board, Oxfordshire Cricket, Southampton Solent University, Sussex Cricket Ltd, Wiltshire Cricket Ltd
- Lancashire County Cricket Board with partners: Lancashire County Cricket Club, Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation
- Loughborough University
- South West: Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, University of Exeter
- Surrey County Cricket Club
- Yorkshire County Cricket Club
The Women’s Cricket Super League will start this summer with Loughborough University competing in a Twenty20 (T20) event against the other five teams. Thereafter the competition will include both T20 and 50-over formats. All six teams have been awarded hosting rights for a four year period from 2016-2019 inclusive.
Further details on the format and timing of the Women’s Cricket Super League, along with a confirmed team name and identity for Loughborough University, will be announced in due course.
ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said:
"Loughborough University has a rich and world-wide reputation for sporting excellence and innovation and it is great to have them as one of our six Women’s Cricket Super League hosts for the next four years.
"Overall, the award process to identify the six hosts was competitive from the outset, and the interview panel was very impressed by the ambition displayed by all of the bids received.
"Our vision for the competition is to create an exciting, dynamic and high quality domestic women’s game in England, where the world’s best players come together to drive performance standards and inspire women and girls to love cricket. Loughborough University and all five of the other confirmed hosts have passionately demonstrated that they share this aspiration and we are now really excited to work with them to deliver this next stage in the evolution of women’s cricket in this country."
John Steele, Executive Director of Sport at Loughborough University added:
"We’re absolutely delighted to be named one of the six Women’s Cricket Super League teams. Sport is at the heart of everything we do here at Loughborough, and so we are excited to be developing one of our strongest existing partnerships with the ECB. Women’s cricket is a rapidly growing sport and so we are proud to have an opportunity to play a role in its future by fielding a team in the inaugural WCSL."
The key aims of the Women’s Cricket Super League include the development of ever higher standards for the England women’s team with greater competition for places, alongside inspiring more women and girls to play cricket at all levels. It will offer new opportunities, a new narrative for the game and new role models, as well as a network of host clubs linked to their communities.
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.