Ahead of a significant international summer for the England Women’s team, including a home Ashes series, ECB is teaming up with the nine First-Class Counties hosting international women’s cricket this year to launch #HeathersPride competition on International Women’s Day.
Women’s and girls’ cricket in England in Wales continues to grow and to celebrate that, this competition, fronted by England Captain Heather Knight, will give 11 girls across the country a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Knight and the England team for a training session ahead of the Ashes.
The competition is open to girls between the aged of 7-11 across the country. To find the 11 winners, the nine First-Class Counties hosting England Women’s matches this summer will each select one worthy winner from their County who has explained to them why they deserve the chance to be a member of #HeathersPride.
The remaining two winners will be selected from across England and Wales by Knight herself, as ‘Captain’s Picks’.
Entries will be made via social media (using #HeathersPride) or via email. If you do not have a connection with one of the nine venues hosting international women’s cricket this summer, you can apply for a Captain’s Pick by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with subject #HeathersPride.
- Submit a paragraph detailing why you deserve to win to email@example.com with the subject line Heather’s Pride
- Submit a short social video detailing why you deserve to win to @kentcricket on Twitter using #HeathersPride.
Speaking about the competition, Heather Knight said:
“International Women’s Day is a great moment to reflect on the progress of women’s and girls’ cricket.
“We’ve made so much progress over the last few years and we want to keep moving forward.
“At the very top we’re pushing towards more depth and having more professional players while it’s amazing that more and more girls are playing the game through initiatives like All Stars.
“Chance to Shine also celebrated introducing cricket to its two millionth girl this week. It’s exciting to think of how many girls are now choosing cricket.
“Some of the best moments from our win in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup was seeing young girls imitate us on the side-lines and hopefully many more will be inspired by this competition to become part of #HeathersPride. I can’t wait to see all the winners in the summer!”
This week has also seen independent, national cricket charity, Chance to Shine, celebrate the two millionth girl signing up to play cricket as part of its development programme: nine-year-old Keira from Staffordshire. The charity used this opportunity to announce new funding for a secondary school’s girls’ programme, which will aim to reach over 14,000 girls across the country teaching them key leadership skills through the game of cricket.