Dover Girls Grammar School were recently treated to a visit from Megan Belt, a member of the Kent Women’s team and the Women’s Cricket Southern League leading wicket taker for the last two years. She has also been part of the England Women’s Development Programme and this was another visit in the Chance to Shine ‘Inspire Programme’ to engage secondary aged students into the game of cricket.
Dover Girls Grammar School entered the Chance to Shine programme in 2013 and have benefitted from the support of Matthew Fagg as their Community Coach as they look to master the basic skills in the softball cricket game. This year the school also entered the Lady Taverners Indoor Girls Competition, competing well with some of the best schools in the County. The purpose of introducing Megan to the girls was to support the growing interest in girls cricket at the school and introduce them to her specialist skill, off spin bowling.
Helen Fagg, Community Cricket Officer for Women’s and Girls said,
“The girls that Megan coached had a range of experience and ability but all had an equal amount of enthusiasm and determination to master the tricky new skill of off spin that she was showing them. There was some significant improvement during the session and the girls even had the chance to compete in their own version of the Ashes, unfortunately Australia came out on top!”
Each session ended with an opportunity for the girls to ask questions. These ranged from questions about her training programme to her visit to Buckingham Palace and it was clear that they left inspired by the talented yet humble Kent player.