Our secondary schools told us they wanted more competitive opportunities for students. We listened to them and in 2011 introduced the Chance to Compete competition.
Many state schools wouldn't previously enter national or local competitions, fearing teams from private schools would embarrass them.
Now, a number of them take part in a series of regional matches played in each County, with the winner going through to a regional quarter-final. The four winners of the regional finals qualify for the Finals Day in September.
Teachers praise the fast format and inclusiveness of the competition, with matches played in under an hour and all players participating. Equipment and clothing are provided to teams at both regional and national finals and our England Women Coaching Ambassadors assist teams on finals day.
Children have enjoyed an unforgettable experience, playing matches at a County Ground, under floodlights, with an announcer calling out their names as they go into bat or bowl.