At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 27th February 2016, Cricket Switzerland welcomed newly established Zurich Sapphires Cricket Club, Switzerland's first women's cricket team, as affiliate members to the organisation.
Veena Mampilly tells us more...
"It is with great happiness and pride, we announce the first ever Women's Cricket Club in Switzerland, the Zurich Sapphires Cricket Club (ZSCC).
Sapphire of heavenly blue signifies the height of celestial hope and faith, and is believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It is a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.
What started off end of last year as a hobby for us women trying out the sport Cricket, has now translated into forming a club. The enthusiasm for the sport, the persistence and still not forgetting to have fun are the key reasons behind the success of ZSCC.
Zurich Sapphires Cricket Club is an affiliate of Cricket Switzerland, the primary Cricket organization in Switzerland. We currently constitute 22 players both active and passive members. Our regular indoor training sessions take place religiously every Saturday from 09:00- 10:30 @Kantonsschule Hottingen, Minervastrasse 14, 8032 Zürich.
And with that I proudly present the office bearers of ZSCC:
President: Veena Mampilly
Vice President: Sejal Patel
Secretary: Anna Hall
Treasurer: Ushma Patel
Club coach: Patrick Henderson
We maybe rookies but we have great potential, are fast learners and dare to take up any challenges. Our realistic goal for this season, in addition to the regular training, is also gain experience playing some competitive tournaments in and around Switzerland.
With that said, I would like to personally thank, Mr. Alex Mackay, President of Cricket Switzerland for his constant motivation and support. Mr. Patrick Henderson, President and coach of Zurich
Crickets Cricket Club, for training us, encouraging us to play better and also for the recommendation to Cricket Switzerland. Mr. John Hallam, President of Winterthur Cricket Club for seeing
potential in our team and recommending us to Cricket Switzerland.
My experience so far interacting with women with regards to cricket is that they are very talented, committed and have a genuine interest for the sport. With coaching and great support, its only about time that we will have a women's Cricket national squad out. And so I encourage all the women in Switzerland to join the Zurich Sapphires Cricket Club and I can assure you that cricket is never going to be the same."
For more information about Zurich Sapphires or about Cricket Switzerland's Women's cricket development programme, contact Veena Mampilly.