Initially, Western Storm was one of six elite women’s domestic teams that played in the ECB Kia Super League. The Kia Super League was established in 2016 to create an exciting, fast-paced women’s competition that aimed to bridge the gap between County and International Cricket. Based in the South West, Western Storm was created in 2016 when Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and the University of Exeter joined forces to form a unique consortium that was successfully awarded hosting rights from 2016-2019.
With the Kia Super League coming to an end, the successes from the last four years were marked at a special Women & Girls Celebration Event at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
With Women’s cricket moving into its next chapter in 2020, Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Glamorgan County Cricket Club joined forces and formally setup Western Storm Ltd.
Western Storm now sits within the new eight regional structure model which will provide world class training, coaching and match play opportunities to develop the most talented female players for sustained international success and drive the performance of England women’s cricket.
Servicing the South West and Wales, the legacy of Western Storm and all that was achieved under the Kia Super League will live on as we, with the support of our region, continue to take Women and Girls Cricket to the next level.
Somerset Cricket Foundation
The Somerset Cricket Foundation exists to support, grow and diversify grassroots cricket as well as to use the power of cricket to develop communities and make a positive difference to people’s lives. The trustees of the Somerset Cricket Foundation are all volunteers and they oversee a team of ten full-time and one part-time members of staff to deliver the strategic aims and objectives of the charity.
Whistleblowing is when someone knows or suspects serious wrongdoing within an organisation and they report such activity internally to the organisation, or externally to the relevant authority. Specific legislation – the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, offers protection to anyone who raises a whistleblowing concern. Activities which may fall under a whistleblowing process include those which:
- Are criminal (e.g. financial fraud or mismanagement or facilitating tax evasion)
- Put health and safety at risk
- Breach our Safeguarding policy
- Harm the environment
- Are miscarriages of justice
- Breach our Bribery policy
- Fail to comply with legal, financial or regulatory obligations
- Breach our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy or involves discrimination related to any protected characteristics
- Breach our Dignity at Work policy or involves bullying or harassment
- Breach our Data Protection policy or unauthorised disclosure of confidential information
- Fail to meet professional requirements
- Attempt to conceal one or more of these activities.
Somerset County Cricket Club expects all colleagues to recognise and understand their obligations and responsibilities to the Club, the public and each other and to provide consistently high standards of performance and conduct at all times, in accordance with our values, codes of conduct and policies.
We are committed to the highest standards of openness, accountability and developing a culture where people feel confident and safe to raise concerns about unacceptable practice and wrongdoing. We encourage anyone who has concerns about any aspect of the Club’s work to come forward and voice their concerns in a safe environment.
If you raise a whistleblowing concern you can be assured that your concern will be taken seriously and investigated promptly.
To report a whistleblowing concern, please either email firstname.lastname@example.org