England Women’s stars to visit Sussex

Two of England Women’s Cricket stars will be in Sussex next month as part of their role as Coaching Ambassadors for the Chance to Shine project.

Captain Charlotte Edwards and batsman Caroline Atkins, who also captains Sussex and has today been named as the England Academy captain for the tour to South Africa, will be visiting several schools across Sussex as well as hosting workshops and training sessions for the County Junior Squads.

They will be in Sussex on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March with a range of activities planned throughout the two days to pass on their knowledge to aspiring young cricketers.

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Edwards is an Ashes-winning captain with the England side as they retained the urn in 2008, and also led them to double World Cup glory in 2009, winning both the ODI and T20 titles. Atkins, born in Burgess Hill, has played over 50 one-day internationals for England and also played a key role in the 2009 World Cup wins.

The England women are currently starring in New Zealand where they have whitewashed the hosts 4-0 in the Twenty20 series and will now take on the Kiwis in a three match one-day international series.

Charlotte Burton, Director of the Sussex Womens Cricket Association and Coach of the Sussex Women’s Team said, “We are very lucky to have Charlotte Edwards, England captain and Sussex captain Caroline Atkins, working in Sussex for two days to inspire our young cricketers of the future.

“It is a great opportunity for them to visit schools where clubs are starting up a girls section this year to hopefully infuse and inspire those youngsters to join that club.

“They will also work with our County Junior Squads, through a number of workshops and coaching sessions, where they will gain a wealth of knowledge to take with them, to use when the season begins.”

The Chance to Shine project was launched by the Cricket Foundation in May 2005 and set out to bring competitive cricket - and its educational benefits - back to at least a third of the country’s state schools initially over a ten year period.