Adelaide High School received funding under the Growing Cricket for Girls Strategy, which is aiming to expand and enhance the female game across Australia.
The school team will participate in the Adelaide Strikers Girls’ Cricket Western League this upcoming season.
Over 1200 girls aged between 11 and 18 years old in South Australia will participate in cricket this year across leagues set up by clubs, associations and schools, with more schools establishing teams in SA than in any other state.
Thrilled with the increase in female players, Mr Sutherland said how important it is to be able to cater specifically to girls, as seen with the Adelaide Strikers Girls’ Cricket League.
“Cricket is a great game for girls to play and we truly want to encourage them and their parents to play and love the game,” said Mr Sutherland, who was on the third leg of his week-long National Play Cricket Week tour.
“Adelaide High School have fantastic facilities. Today we're seeing girls play the game here and it's just great.
“The profile of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and the WBBL has grown the game for girls and we need to continue that."
Mr Sutherland is currently travelling the nation as part of National Play Cricket Week, participating in cricket activities in each state and territory from September 10 to September 16, with each location focusing on a different area of grassroots cricket.