Lydia Greenway launches Girls Cricket Club to give more cricket opportunities for girls
Lydia Greenway has launched the Girls Cricket Club. © cricketforgirls.com
Former England cricketer Lydia Greenway launched the Girls Cricket Club, a platform for the growth of women’s cricket around the world on Monday (May 24). The press release said that the Girls Cricket Club “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”.
Greenway, who was part of England’s Women’s World Cup and T20 World Cup win in 2009, said that the initiative was to give more opportunities to girls, who may not otherwise be exposed to the game.
“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,” said the 35 year old, who played 225 internationals.
“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.”
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Former England bowler Jenny Gunn, Hannah Thompson, Brazil skipper Roberta Moretti Avery, former New Zealand batter Emily Drumm, former Ireland player Ciara Metcalfe, England’s Tash Farrant, Cricket Scotland President Sue Strachan are among some of the names who are part of the Girls Cricket Club advisory board.
“Advocacy is an important pillar for us,” said Greenway.
“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 reach equality within our sport. We're lucky to have Advisory Board members from all facets of the game who will be our eyes and ears and lead us on our mission.”