England players boost Guernsey women's cricket
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 10:38 AM
The Guernsey Women & Girls Development Programme received a huge boast through the visit of England International Sarah Taylor, ECB Level 4 Coach, Alexia Walker and Sussex Women's Coach, Charlotte Burton.
The initiative was run to promote the female game amongst the Guernsey population and to engage and inspire the current women's participants. It also coincided with the announcement of a three year sponsorship deal with local image rights company, Romanillos & Cook who will assist the Guernsey Cricket Board in taking the women and girls game forward.
A full media promotional campaign ran throughout the three-day event with radio broadcasts, Channel Television, the Press and promotional video filmed through the Guernsey Sports Commission.
Cricket Development Manager, Jason Shambrook was delighted with how the event worked, "Through our strong link with Sussex CCC we were able to gain access to three inspirational coaches who were able to enthuse local players and promote the game."
The Guernsey Women's squad received five coaching sessions, each run over one and a half hours with the Sussex women working on all aspects of the game.
Over 40 School Girl's also benefited from the visit with a series of coaching and games organised during the half-term break.
"Just the opportunity to talk to the coaches and share good practice has enabled our women to take their game forward. At the first training session after the visit it was great to see our players self coaching and helping others during the session", added Shambrook.
"I knew that it would be well received but certainly underestimated the amazing positive impact it would make. David Hooper and I run the women's team and the feedback we have had has been incredible, the visit has been an inspiration to all and we look forward to building on the success by bringing them back in the future."
The initiative starts a new phase in the development of the women's game on the Island and through the ICC Europe Regional Support Programme the GCB will be assisting junior schools to set up girls after school cricket clubs and secondary school girls cricket will for the first time be added to the school curriculum in a number of schools. There are also plans for girls and women's only leagues and the women's squad will benefit from a varied and exciting new fixture and coaching programme.