Kent women’s Head Coach and former England star, Lydia Greenway accompanied Womens & Girls Officer, Helen Fagg into a Greenwich school last week, as part of the Chance to Shine ‘Inspire Programme’
The John Roan School entered the Chance to Shine programme in 2016, under the watch full eye of Community Coach, James Reid. The school started their journey by entering softball cricket competitions and received regular coaching for both boys and girls and progressed in 2017 by taking part in the girls only Lady Taverners indoor competition. Despite their relatively young relationship with the sport, the enthusiasm of the girls and dedication of the teaching staff has encouraged them to enter into the first ever secondary school girls only hardball competition, due to start in April this year.
The purpose of involving Lydia with the visit was to support the growing interest in girls cricket and give them a taste of the transition between soft and hardball cricket. In the afternoon Lydia worked with a group of girls keen to make up the hardball squad and put them through their paces with a series of fielding drills and then some game based scenarios.
Helen Fagg, Community Cricket Officer for Womens and Girls said,
“It was very encouraging for us to be able to run cricket training for so many girls from the same school at one time; the attitude, energy and sporting ability of the students from the John Roan School was impressive and testament to the school and the work of our community coaches who have been spreading the game of cricket across the County. To top it all off the girls were noticeably inspired by ex-England Cricketer and Ashes Winner Lydia Greenway. Her down to earth and approachable nature makes her the ideal role model for the girls and it's great we are now seeing her impact at the grassroots level”
The day was based around small group sessions, to ensure that all of the girls involved had the opportunity to work closely with the four times Ashes winner – with each session ending with an opportunity for the girls to take a group photo and ask questions.
Lydia has recently returned from India, working with the England Women’s Development Programme and is also supporting the Kent Girls Development Programme, as well as being an Inspire Ambassador for the Chance to Shine programme in 2017.