Former England international cricketer Lydia Greenway has launched the Girls Cricket Club to encourage more females to take on the game, ahead of Women’s Big Cricket Month in June.
Greenway is one of the main role models when it comes to women’s cricket, having earned her central contract with the ECB back in 2014. She went on to make 225 appearances for England. She achieved five Ashes series wins and in 2009 she helped England for World T20 and World Cup titles.
As stated by the Girls Cricket Club, it “aims to connect female cricketers around the world, serve as an independent voice for girls and women within cricket and to provide female-specific resources to girls and women of all ages and backgrounds.”
With the announcement, Greenway said, “Ultimately we want girls to feel a sense of belonging within cricket and to promote the message that cricket is equally as much female as it is male.
“We’re creating opportunities for girls of all backgrounds to fall in love with the game and to benefit from sport – whether that’s going on to play at the highest level or to make amazing friends, develop confidence, leadership skills and find a community.
“Our ethos is progression, not perfection and that applies both on and off the pitch. It’s about harnessing the power of sport to achieve in all aspects of life.”
Together with Greenway, other female internationals from the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Brazil will help to run the Girls Cricket Club.
These include: Hannah Thompson, Roberta Moretti Avery, Emily Drumm, Ciara Metcalfe, Jenny Gunn, Jo Hackett, Tash Farrant, Carla Rudd, Hannah Jelfs, Jenna Searls, Sangy Thievendra, Fran Hide, Sue Strachan, Emily Starr, Kristy Miall and Sheromie Brewster.
Greenway added, “Advocacy is an important pillar for us. While we’ve come a long way and are seeing some amazing initiatives and opportunities within the women’s game, there is still a way to go to reach equality within our sport.”
Author: Catherine Micallef