Three members of the triumphant 2009 Cricket Women’s World Cup re-united in the glorious Southampton sunshine on Wednesday 21 June to inspire the next generation of female cricketers to follow in their footsteps. Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway and Isa Guha joined nearly 100 girls from local primary schools as part of Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week.
The event, organised by the charity Chance to Shine and Hampshire Cricket Board, saw the Year 6 pupils take part in a festival of cricket – competing with one another as well as taking part in a special coaching session with the England legends.
They also got the opportunity to hear about the successful 2009 campaign from the then-Captain Edwards and got to put some of their own questions to the victorious trio. The event, which took part during Women’s Sport Week, is just days before the 2017 Women’s World Cup gets underway on Saturday in Derby, where England will start the tournament as one of the favourites.
Speaking at the event, Charlotte Edwards said “Wow! What an amazing day it’s been. Nearly 100 girls have come down today to play some cricket and enjoy the sport. Their enthusiasm has been amazing and it’s great to see that the next generation are engaging with the sport.
“This is a result of the hard work that Chance to Shine has been doing to develop and encourage girls’ cricket and I hope that these girls will be inspired to continue with the sport and you never know, we could have seen some future World Cup winners here today!”
Rosario, aged 10 from Sholing Junior School, said “The best thing about today has been meeting lots of new people and spending time with my friends. Meeting players from the England womens’ team was amazing and it’s been an immensely fun day. I really like cricket because it’s just a really enjoyable game.”
Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is an initiative to showcase the work of the national charity, Chance to Shine. The organisation aims to use the power of cricket to raise aspirations and provide young people across the country with the opportunity to play and learn through the sport.