England Ashes cricket hero Lydia Greenway is coming to Gloucestershire on a mission to boost the number of girls playing the game. The batsman - who scored her country's highest-ever T20 score of 80 not out to clinch victory over Australia - will be visiting two clubs next week.
On Tuesday September 10 Greenway and ex-England international Beth Morgan are visiting Chipping Camden School and North Cotswolds Young Cricketers CC before heading to Frampton-On-Severn CC the following day.
At Chipping Camden School the players will deliver coaching sessions to Year 7 pupils during the day before running an after-school workshop for players of all ages.
From 5.30pm-7.30pm the England stars will then travel down the road to North Cotswolds Young Cricketers CC at Blockley to deliver an open session for girls aged between seven and 16. At both the school and the club the players will host question and answer sessions and talk to the girls about their experiences.
GCB club and programmes officer Lisa Pagett said: "We are absolutely delighted to have Lydia and Beth coming to the county - especially off the back of Lydia's performances in helping England win the Ashes. She has really helped put women's cricket on the map and we hope her and Beth's presence will help to inspire the next generation of players in Gloucestershire.
"It is a fantastic opportunity for the girls to have a go at cricket, meet two players who have done it at the very highest level and talk to them about their experiences."
Chipping Camden School and North Cotswolds Young Cricketers CC have been chosen for the visit as historically there has been little cricket activity aimed specifically at girls in that area.
Lisa said: "Geographically it is a big area so we know there must be talented girls out there but in the past they maybe haven't had the opportunity to play. With the support of Chipping Camden School and NCYCC we hope we can change this and establish girls' cricket in this part of the county."
If you/your daughter is interested in attending the session at NCYCC please contact Andrew Sunderland on 07966 551095 - no experience is necessary.
The coaching day at the Frampton-on-Severn CC on September 11 will run from 10am-3pm with more than 50 girls attending from three local primary schools. The day will consist of coaching sessions on different skills in the morning followed by games in the afternoon. Lydia and Beth will then coach the Frampton Swans - the Frampton-on-Severn girls' team - between 4-5pm.
Lisa said: "Frampton-On-Severn CC has worked really hard to establish a thriving girls' section at the club. We hope the presence of Lydia and Beth will help inspire the girls currently playing and encourage new members to join."
About the Gloucestershire Cricket Board(GCB)
The Gloucestershire Cricket Board is the governing body for cricket in Gloucestershire and the local delivery arm of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Gloucestershire Cricket Board works with clubs, schools and community groups to improve and increase cricket provision and competitive opportunities in Gloucestershire. It provides training and guidance in a range of areas including coach education; groundsmanship; and umpiring and scoring. Gloucestershire Cricket Board also runs high performance cricket in the county for both male and female cricketers.
Source: Gloucestershire Cricket Board