Primary school girls bowled over by female international cricket stars
Girls in years four, five and six from Longney, Lakefield and Whitminster Primary Schools with international cricket stars Beth Morgan (top left) and Lydia Greenway (top right) during a coaching day at Frampton Cricket Club (1169473)
A GROUP of girls were bowled over when two female cricket stars gave them a coaching session.
Former England international Beth Morgan and this year's Ashes star Lydia Greenway ran a coaching session for nearly 70 girls from Longney, Lakefield and Whitminster Primary schools at Frampton-on-Severn cricket club last Wednesday.
Lydia and Beth visited the girls, who were all aged between eight and 10, as part of the Chance to Shine programme which focuses on coaching in schools and acting as ambassadors for the sport.
“I think it is so important that these girls see women like me and Lydia as it shows them that there are opportunities for them to go really far with this sport and hopefully we have seen some of the future starts of the game,” said Beth.
Lydia started playing cricket at her local club in Kent and recently played an integral part in England's Ashes victory.
“All the time we are getting media coverage and being successful we are giving these girls something to aspire to and also giving them role models in the sport,” said Lydia.
“It used to be that only girls with links to cricket through family members would get the chance to play cricket but thanks to Chance to shine girls will now have the opportunity to play cricket at school and their local clubs.”
Lisa Pagett, development officer for women’s and girls cricket at Gloucestershire Cricket Board, said: “Cricket is the fastest growing women's sort at the moment and there is now a real opportunity for girls to carry on and play the sport at a higher level.”
Frampton Cricket Club offers a number of opportunities for girls to take part in the sport. There is a mixed Under-9s team and girls U15s, 13s and 11s team.
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