We’re very lucky to have a number of England Women cricketers employed as Chance to Shine Coaching Ambassadors.
They are not central contracts, though they are designed to give the players the flexibility to train and play international cricket while earning a living.
Our partnership with England & Wales Cricket Board allows eight of the England’s Women team to act as role models to inspire thousands more schoolchildren – especially girls – to play cricket.
Captain Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight, Kate Cross, Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield support the aims of Chance to Shine through coaching, training teachers and delivering assemblies. Read their biographies here
They also play a major role in promoting the development of girls’ cricket. Last year, the England Women coached over 6,000 girls through Chance to Shine.
Charlotte has been part of the innovative initiative since the start in 2008 and says:
For me, the Chance to Shine contract and the ambassador roles have made the biggest difference over the past 10 years, and enabled me to concentrate on cricket.There are no better people to promote the game than the current England players and hopefully it will inspire young girls to play cricket. I would have loved one of the England players to come to my school when I was a girl.
Girls interviewed by Loughborough University agree and look up to the coaching ambassadors:
It’s nice that someone that far up, how good they are, actually bothering to come into schools, and what other sports in general come in school and help us?
We want to try and impress her more and play well because she’s, like, so good and it makes you want to play more