- All teams competing at the ICC Women’s World Cup will take part in Cricket for Good coaching clinics during the tournament
The ICC is keen to transform the lives of children and families worldwide by using the power of cricket and the ICC Women’s World Cup.
All eight competing nations will hold Cricket for Good coaching clinics at the ICC Women’s World Cup venues during the tournament with up to 30 school children taking part in each one.
Players from each of the teams will be on hand to help out with the sessions and help to inspire the next generation of youngsters.
Cricket for Good is the ICC’s global community outreach programme, aimed at leveraging the vast power and reach of cricket to transform the lives of children and families worldwide.
In partnership with UNICEF, Cricket for Good works to tackle the issues facing children around the world.
England was first up in Derby as vice-captain Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston and Alex Hartley put 30 pupils from Brigshaw High School in Leeds and Castleford Academy through their batting, bowling and fielding drills.
And Shrubsole is hopeful that rubbing shoulders with international stars will have only increased the youngsters’ love of the game.
“The kids seemed to be loving it and there were actually some pretty decent cricketers,” she said. “The ball was getting whacked around.
“Doing events like this is really good and it’s a huge part of our role as international cricketers. We need to be inspiring youngsters to take up cricket, or keep playing the game.
“Ultimately your international cricketers of the future have got to come from somewhere and there’s a high chance it will be from events like this.
“Making it fun is the most important part. Ultimately people are going to keep playing the game because they really enjoy it.
“Some of the girls especially, will say ‘I can’t bowl’ but then you watch them and they know exactly what they’re doing and they’re much better than they think.
“That’s another important part of our role – hopefully we can give them some real confidence.”
South Africa will be the next team to help run a Cricket for Good coaching clinic when it heads to Grace Road in Leicester on Friday, 30 June, before New Zealand, West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan follow suit in early July.
Conor Percy, Women’s World Cup legacy officer at Derbyshire CCC, was leading Thursday’s session with the England quartet and declared the clinic a roaring success.
“The kids were absolutely brilliant, and there are some good stars coming up,” said Percy. “We’ve had the four England players here and they were great with the kids.
“Everybody loves them and they are role models, so the kids want to be around them and getting to play with them means so much.
“Our ultimate goal is to get more people playing cricket with a bat and ball in their hand. We don’t just want them to come down and watch cricket, we want them to be involved.
“So seeing the youngsters out here, coming to an actual World Cup venue and having the chance to be on the outfield and be part of the England training session, they love it.”
Upcoming Cricket for Good Coaching Clinics
Friday 30 June (13:00-14:00) – South Africa at Grace Road, Leicester
Monday 3 July (13:00-14:00) – New Zealand at Taunton, Somerset
Tuesday 4 July (13:00-14:00) – West Indies at Taunton, Somerset
Friday 7 July (13:00-14:00) – Australia at County Ground, Bristol
Friday 7 July (13:00-14:00) – Sri Lanka at County Ground, Derby
Monday 10 July (13:00-14:00) – India at County Ground, Bristol
Thursday 13 July (13:00-14:00) – Pakistan at Grace Road, Leicester