Charlotte Edwards to Visit to South Wales


Chance to Shine and Cricket Wales announced today (27th February) that England women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway will be visiting Wales to inspire the next generation of girls to play cricket. 

The visit on the 4th & 5th March, which will see them coaching at primary and secondary schools across South Wales, is part of their role as Chance to Shine Coaching Ambassadors. A question and answer session will also take place at the home of Welsh Cricket, the SWALEC Stadium. The session will provide recognition for key volunteers, who have supported the development of girls’ cricket. 

Following on from successfully retaining the Ashes in Australia, Charlotte and Lydia will be visiting schools across Wales in order to inspire more girls to play and enjoy cricket.The Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine campaign is keeping cricket alive in schools and continues to motivate and educate young people through cricket. The charitable campaign recently celebrated bringing cricket to one million girls since its launch in 2005.The charity currently employs six England women’s cricketers, including the captain, who support Chance to Shine by coaching children, training teachers and delivering school assemblies across the country.While they are not central contracts, they are designed to give the players the flexibility to train and play international cricket while earning a living. The ambassadors - Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway, Danielle Hazell, Jenny Gunn, Heather Knight and Susie Rowe - coached over 6,000 girls in 2013 and have inspired thousands of girls to take up the game over the past five years. 

Gavin Hawkey, Cricket Wales, said: “Cricket Wales aspires to make cricket accessible to everyone in Wales with a particular focus on girls’ cricket. We are delighted that Charlotte and Lydia are visiting Wales. I’m sure it will be a great experience and one which will inspire girls to choose cricket.” Charlotte Edwards said: “I hope the girls come away feeling inspired to go along to their local club and become part of a rapidly growing sport for girls. My role as a Chance to Shine Coaching Ambassador is great as it allows me to combine playing international cricket with a job where I can really make a difference.”
Tuesday March 4th

1pm - 2pm  Ysgol Gyfun Gwrr  Talbot Street, Gowerton Support practical session, Q&A with players
3pm - 4.30pm National Indoor Cricket Centre SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff Practical session with most talented players in Wales (lead coach)
5pm - 5.30pm National Indoor Cricket Centre  SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff National Development Centre (Q&A with players)
6.30pm - 7.30pm CC4 Museum Welsh Cricket  SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff Reception for female coaches in receipt of CW coaching bursary & key volunteers (Q&A)
 Wednesday March 5th    
9 - 10am  St Teilos High School Circle Way East, Cardiff   School Assembly / Practical Session
11.30 - 1.30 Overmonnow Primary School   Rockfield Road, Monmouth, Gwent  Practical session for year 3&4 led by Community Coach (support coaching) plus assembly for year 6 
1.30 - 2.30pm Lunch      
2.30 - 4pm Glasllwch Primary School   Melbourne Way, Newport  Practical session (support practical delivery - photocall) 


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