ABINGDON will be turned pink next month, as the town’s cricket club looks to promote women’s sport while also doing their bit for charity.

A series of events will be held at Abingdon Vale CC’s picturesque Hales Meadow ground, located off Culham Road near to the River Thames, from June 11 to 16.

Various activities have been planned as part of the club’s Pink Week, culminating in the main event, a women’s softball competition on Sunday, June 16.

They are joining forces with Against Breast Cancer, an Abingdon-based charity which provides support for families impacted by the most common form of cancer.

A number of teams have already expressed their interest in getting involved in the fun family day tournament comprising all-female sides, where the ground will be awash with pink.

Abingdon Vale CC chairman Paul White said he believed it was an ideal chance to embrace women’s sport in the town, while also highlighting a tremendous cause.

He added: “I am delighted to be part of pushing Abingdon Vale CC’s Pink Week forward. It will be an opportunity for the club to reach out to the community and showcase our role in the town.

“The softball festival will be the obvious highlight and our long-term aim is to provide women’s cricket at the club.”

As well as the tournament, the club will be holding a quiz night, junior fun evening and various other fundraising events, including a light-hearted midweek match which will see the cricketers take on a team of golfers.

Abingdon are also planning to wear pink hats for their Cherwell League matches on the Saturday.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Abingdon Vale cricket club on board,” said Richard Martin, events organiser for the Against Breast Cancer charity, which has its headquarters in Barton Lane, Abingdon.

“It is fantastic to have the support of our local cricket club and we are delighted with the dedication and organisation already shown in planning for what is clearly going to be a truly memorable day.”

Laura Crofts, Oxfordshire Cricket Board’s women and girls development officer, said: “It’s great to see Abingdon Vale working together with their community to raise funds for such a good cause. The short, sharp format of the Women’s Softball Cricket is perfect for females of all abilities. It would be great to see everyone getting down to Abingdon Vale CC and getting involved.”

Teams will be made up of six players, but ideally with an extra member or two in the squad. Any girls in year seven at school and above are welcome to play.

It will cost £10 per player. Details are available from Mr White on 07764 432720 or by emailing him at ppwhite@abingdonvalecc.co.uk.

Teams will be accepted on a first come first served basis, once they have paid up.