England Women inspire local children
Charlotte Edwards the captain of England Women’s Cricket team along with three other current members of the England team, Jenny Gunn, Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield spent Tuesday in Somerset visiting schools and working with young cricketers.
The first port of call in the morning was Long Sutton Primary School where they were involved with a school assembly based on the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ followed by a trip to Norton Hill School at Midsomer Norton where they helped to deliver a lunchtime cricket club.
Next stop was Haygrove School in Bridgwater where the four England Internationals took part in a lunchtime cricketing activity followed by a coaching session with 15 female players.
Mid afternoon saw the four England stars head to St Andrews CC in Taunton where they helped out with an Under 15 Chance to Shine competition involving Castle School from Taunton, Chilton Trinity from Bridgwater and Stanchester Academy from Stoke sub Hampdon.
The hectic schedule was concluded in the Centre of Excellence at the County Ground, Taunton where they worked with some of the girl’s age group teams.
During a short break in Taunton the England captain said: “I always like coming back to Somerset because it’s a place that I have got fond memories of and now its great to be back promoting the Women’s Ashes series that starts at the County Ground this summer. I got my first century for England here in 1997 and I have also done a lot of work down here developing women’s and girls cricket in Somerset.
“To go around the counties and see so many girls playing cricket is great and it’s no different here. There is a lot of work being done in Somerset that Caroline Atkins (Somerset’s Women and Girls Head Coach) has been heavily involved in and she was a team mate of mine so its nice to be able to support what is going on in this county.”
Edwards added: “We have been to various schools around the county today and have been involved with assemblies and doing talent identification sessions. We helped to deliver a Chance to Shine activity and then we were involved with some elite coaching with the Somerset county squads. Its great that the four of us are working across the pathway and could be here to support Somerset in what they are doing in the county.“
Sarah James from Castle School said: “The girls are really enjoying seeing the England players and meeting people that are performing at the highest level in their sports. They are great examples and really good role models as well.”
The Castle teacher added: “Cricket is definitely a growing sport and more and more girls are getting involved with it. There are lots of opportunities for them to get involved with the game and they all enjoy taking part.”