Derbyshire to support #HeathersPride competition

Saturday 9th March 2019
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Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire are teaming up with the ECB and eight other counties hosting England Women’s cricket this year to offer lucky winners the chance to train with Heather Knight and her England squad.

The competition, launched by Knight, will give 11 girls across the country a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the England captain and the rest of her team for a training session ahead of the Ashes.

The competition is open to girls between the aged of 7-11 across the country. To find the 11 winners, the nine first-class counties hosting England Women’s matches this summer will each select one worthy winner from their County who has explained to them why they deserve the chance to be a member of #HeathersPride.

The remaining two winners will be selected from across England and Wales by Knight herself, as ‘Captain’s Picks’.

Entries will be made via social media (using #HeathersPride) or via email to [email protected].

Entries for the competition will close on 1st May.

Heather Knight said: “International Women’s Day is a great moment to reflect on the progress of women’s and girls’ cricket.

“We’ve made so much progress over the last few years and we want to keep moving forward.

“At the very top we’re pushing towards more depth and having more professional players while it’s amazing that more and more girls are playing the game through initiatives like All Stars.

“Chance to Shine also celebrated introducing cricket to its two millionth girl this week. It’s exciting to think of how many girls are now choosing cricket.

“Some of the best moments from our win in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup was seeing young girls imitate us on the side-lines and hopefully many more will be inspired by this competition to become part of #HeathersPride. I can’t wait to see all the winners in the summer!”

Clare Connor, Managing Director, Women’s Cricket at ECB, added: “Our strategy for 2020-24 is all about inspiring future generations and this is a great initiative from Heather and the Counties to really bring that to life by giving 11 lucky girls the chance to train with their heroes for the day.

“Whilst International Women’s Day is an appropriate day to celebrate the progress made so far it’s also important to recognise the challenges we still face in our ultimate ambition of making cricket a gender balanced sport. The Inspiring Generations strategy outlines an ambition to invest £50m into women’s and girls’ cricket over the four-year period and this level of investment will help us continue to both increase the number of women and girls playing recreationally, as well as grow the profile of the elite women’s game.

“Heather’s and the team’s victory at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup created a huge opportunity for us and now we must take that to the next level through this strategy. As all of that exciting work takes shape, I’m looking forward to seeing the training session with the 11 winners of Heather’s Pride and the England women’s team this summer.”

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