Fife MSP and former international cricket player Liz Smith has become the first Scottish Womens’ Cricket Association (SWCA) president.
The association has been launched with the objective of increasing female participation in the sport by 150 per cent by 2017.
Women’s cricket is currently one of the fastest growing sports in Scotland with hundreds of girls taking up the junior, kwik cricket game each year.
As part of responding to the challenge of creating a lasting legacy from this summer’s Commonwealth Games, the nation’s sporting governing bodies and Scottish Government have both called for an increase in female participation in sport to fight female obesity and the related health problems.
Ms Smith said: “Women’s cricket is now one of the fastest growing sports in Scotland and, as well as the strength of the league and cup structures, it is particularly pleasing to see the numbers of primary school girls who are now taking part in a wide range of kwik cricket activities across the country.
“There is some real talent out there which will give their male counterparts a run for their money.
“The growth at this level is a sure sign that women’s cricket in Scotland has a very bright future.
“It is an honour to be asked to become the president of the Scottish Women’s Cricket Association and I very much look forward to working with Kari Carswell and her very dedicated team at Cricket Scotland who have, in recent years, done so much to enhance the women’s game.”
Cricket Scotland say is believed it has an important role to play in working with schools, clubs and communities to ensure that there are many more opportunities to play cricket across the country and to build on the huge increase in interest in primary schools.
The board of trustees of the new SWCA will bring together people from sport, business and politics, whose specific focus will be to increase funding, develop new training opportunities and support local communities introduce the sport.
Roddy Smith, chief executive of Cricket Scotland said: “Cricket Scotland fully supports the SWCA and we will work closely together.”