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ICC: 100% Cricket ‘Leading The Game’ webinar series launched today

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The International Cricket Council today launched its 100% Cricket ‘Leading the Game’ webinar series bringing together world leaders from across sport and business to celebrate women’s cricket.

  • 100% Leadership webinar available to download here featuring ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney and ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor.

The Leading the Game webinar series is part of the ICC’s continued emphasis on the women’s game following on from the success of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the launch of 100% Cricket. The series will see individuals from across cricket, sport and the business community engaging in informative discussion sharing best practice and generating new ideas to support the growth of women’s cricket at a local and national level. 

The first webinar ‘100% Leadership’ which was available to the global cricket family saw ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney, ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket Clare Connor and World Rugby’s General Manager of Women’s Rugby Katie Sadleir join Mel Jones to discuss the ICC’s strategy to lead women’s cricket into the future.

ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney said: “We are at a very important stage in the growth of women’s cricket and need to build on the foundation and momentum we have created in the past few years even though there is no cricket at present.

“We launched 100% Cricket as a platform to drive the conversation around the women’s game between the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. As a part of that we have now launched 100% Cricket – Leading the Game webinar series, to bring the sport together so we can collectively fulfill our ambition of bringing one million new women and girls to the game of cricket.

“We have some excellent contributors lined up from not only the global cricket family, but from sport and technology sectors to share their experiences, learnings and best practice. The series provides a platform to discuss the long-term direction of the women’s game and how to attract more fans and players to the sport. It is important for the global cricket family to stay connected and generate new ideas to move the game forward and stronger as we come out of this pandemic.”

ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said: “Hopefully this inaugural ICC 100% Cricket webinar has been well-received as we all look to share information, challenges and solutions during these unprecedented times for work, cricket and life in its broadest sense. We have built such exciting momentum behind women’s cricket – a crowd of 86,174 at the MCG for the ICC Women’s T20 Cup final being the most recent evidence of that – and we should not be knocked off course by this pandemic. 

“If anything, we should remain even more steadfast in our ambition for cricket to be a gender-balanced sport. Well done to ICC for launching this platform for members and colleagues to come together and to continue our collaborative efforts to grow the game around the world.”

The second installment of the Leading the Game series, 100% Performance will take place next week, before episodes three to six will be open for public sign up.

100% Cricket provides a platform to celebrate the women’s game and bring everything fans love about the sport to life. The ICC’s pledge to bring 1 million new women and girls to the game as part of 100% Cricket will be delivered in partnership with Members. For more information on 100% cricket click here. 

Questions and Timings

ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney
3 minutes, 27 seconds
Manu you have been in post a little over a year now and your support for the women’s game has been evident throughout that time. Why is women’s cricket and women involved in cricket at all levels so important to you and the sport more widely?

6 minutes, 42 seconds
The world has clearly changed so much in the two and a half months since the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and we’ll talk about that in a moment, but let’s indulge ourselves and just look back and reflect on a real moment not just for cricket but for women’s sport globally. What are your memories? Was your mind spinning at the possibilities of where the game could go or were you caught up purely in the drama and hype and entertainment?

10 minutes, 29 seconds
Do you believe that the women’s game can become financially sustainable and stand on its own two feet commercially?

12 minutes, 20 seconds
Every cricketing organisation is dealing with immediate changes and how that impacts there world now but they are probably also starting to look at their relaunch steps as we emerge from CV19. How does a post COVID-19 cricket world look to you?

14 minutes, 20 seconds 
Are we looking at a different future for women’s cricket because of COVID-19?

ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket Clare Connor and World Rugby’s General Manager of Women’s Rugby Katie Sadleir

19 minutes, 8 seconds
Chat about your sporting careers and how it prepared you for life in leadership roles.
19 minutes, 29 seconds – Clare Connor
21 minutes, 50 seconds –  Katie Sadleir

24 minutes, 9 seconds
Let’s talk about the transition from athlete to administrator and what people, skills, programs, attributes helped you gain confidence in this field?
24 minutes, 50 seconds – Clare Connor
27 minutes, 10 seconds – Katie Sadleir

29 minutes, 24 seconds
Women in Sport Strategy. Discussion around the differences and similarities across the two strategies for cricket and rugby. What advice would you give to those building strategic plans on vision and structure?
30 minutes, 19 seconds – Katie Sadleir
31 minutes, 33 seconds – Clare Connor

35 minutes, 57 seconds – Katie Sadleir
How do you keep the strategic plan at the forefront of people’s minds? 

38 minutes, 32 seconds
How do you engage with men and women who aren’t on the journey to get them involved and interested in women’s sport?

39 minutes, 3 seconds – Clare Connor
Focusing on changing perceptions and embracing differences.

42 minutes, 22 seconds – Katie Sadleir
Focusing on women coaching in men’s and women’s programmes.

44 minutes, 25 seconds
In relation to the impact of COVID-19 and women’s cricket, what needs to be protected?
45 minutes, 12 seconds – Clare Connor
46 minutes, 21 seconds – Katie Sadleir

Followed by Q&A


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