• West Indies took part in an ICC Cricket for Good coaching clinic with school children in Taunton
• West Indies is yet to win a game at the ICC Women’s World Cup
• Chedean Nation said: “I think this is a really great day for the team, it’s a great chance to bring everyone together and help us to rebuild confidence"
It may not have had the best start to the ICC Women’s World Cup but the West Indies has been building its confidence by helping to inspire the next generation to take up cricket.
Six West Indies stars put pupils from Enmore Primary School through their paces at the County Ground, in Taunton, as part of the ICC’s Cricket for Good initiative.
More than 30 pupils aged between nine and 11 tried their hand at bowling, batting and fielding as they learned from the very best in the women’s game.
West Indies has lost its first three matches at the tournament but wicketkeeper Chedean Nation believes today’s coaching clinic will help give a much-needed lift to the team.
She said: “It has been an unbelievable day and the children have been amazing, many of them are better than I was at that age so we could be seeing some stars of the future here.
“I think this is a really great day for the team, it’s a great chance to bring everyone together and help us to rebuild confidence.
“We know we haven’t had the greatest tournament so far but it’s great to come down here and give something back to the children, it’s a great feeling to bring the game of cricket to as many people as possible and that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”
All eight competing nations will be holding the coaching clinics at the ICC Women’s World Cup venues during the tournament as part of the initiative, which is being delivered in partnership with UNICEF and Chance to Shine, and is aimed at leveraging the vast power and reach of cricket to transform the lives of children and families worldwide.
Nation was joined by Stefanie Taylor, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Kyshona Knight and Hayley Matthews during the one-hour session and the 30-year-old believes the events are crucial to help grow the sport.
She said: “It’s a fundamental that we continue to help introduce the sport to more children across the world.
“If you put your mind to it you can be the best in world and that’s the beauty of cricket, anyone can play it if they put their mind to it.
“We had a lot of girls as well as boys at Taunton today which just goes to show how much the game is expanding.”