We'd all like to see more girls in cricket - steady at the back there - and those splendid people at Chance to Shine have teamed up with a host of successful sports and business women in England to help support the work they do around the country for girls cricket.
Tesco Executive Director, Lucy Neville-Rolfe and England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards are part of a newly formed Girls’ Cricket Board, organised by the Chance to Shine cricket charity. They will help launch ‘Girls on the Front Foot’ at Lord's tonight (25th April), a programme of activity that aims to give girls the same opportunity as boys to play cricket at schools, clubs and in the community.
Joining them on the rooftop of the Pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground will be a host of cricketing and non-cricket celebrities, including Sir Tim Rice, a Vice President of Chance to Shine, Head of Women’s Cricket at ECB, Clare Connor, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Stefan Green, the country’s leading female cricket commentator Alison Mitchell and Sky News’ Nazaneen Ghaffar.
For those that are currently unaware, the Chance to Shine campaign aims to bring cricket – and its social and educational benefits – to young people in state schools across the country. The programme, run by the Cricket Foundation, has so far reached 1.4 million children in over 4,000 schools. Of these 1.4 million kids 44% are girls.
As far as we are concerned at The Reverse Sweep, the campaign is absolutely critical in not only helping young people participate in and enjoy the wonderful sport of cricket, but also allied to the excellent public school system we are lucky to have in this country, help preserve the long-term future of the sport. The influx of talent that will result will surely keep the England men's and women's teams close to or at the top of the world game.
For more information, contact:Ben Walker, Communications Officer, Cricket Foundation
T. 07901 102 533 E. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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