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Emily Windsor, centre, from Havant, receives coaching from Ian Stuart, right, and Charlotte Edwards
Emily Windsor, centre, from Havant, receives coaching from Ian Stuart, right, and Charlotte Edwards
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A teenager from Havant Cricket Club is among the first crop of players to make it on to Hampshire’s first ever girls-only Emerging Players Programme (EPP).

Emily Windsor, 15, is one of six youngsters to be selected for the initiative, which has launched to help female cricketers between the ages of 12 and 16 to improve their game.

Windsor will now join the 2012-13 programme and receive high-quality one-on-one coaching with the ultimate aim to play for England age group sides.

As part of the scheme, she will enjoy benefit from the expertise of England Ladies captain, Charlotte Edwards, who is providing valuable advice and guidance to future star players.

The head coach of the programme is Ian Stuart. He has a wealth of experience, having worked for the International Cricket Council in Europe and been one of the lead tutors for the Hampshire Coach Education Programme.

Girls’ cricket in Hampshire has gone from strength to strength in recent years. In 2012, the under-13 squad reached the national finals for the first time and the under-17s made it to the national semi-finals.

Head of women and girls’ cricket for the Hampshire Cricket Board, Mike Pollard said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity. We are finally able to offer our best female players the same level of support that the boys enjoy as we look to develop players for the future and hopefully play for England one day.

‘However, we desperately need a sponsor to help ensure the programme goes beyond the initial two years.’

Anyone interested can contact Mike on 07920 452527 or michael.pollard@ageabowl.com