SHE’S just celebrated being awarded a CBE but that didn’t stop the England ladies’ cricket captain taking time out of her schedule to visit schoolchildren.
Charlotte Edwards spent yesterday afternoon playing cricket with Year 4 and Year 5 pupils from St Alban’s Catholic Primary School in Havant.
The children have been working with Havant Cricket Club as they bid to inspire more youngsters, especially girls, to get involved in the sport.
Charlotte, who was awarded a CBE for services to cricket, said: ‘We’re trying to inspire as many young girls to play cricket as we possibly can. That’s my role throughout the country and I’m pleased to be here today.
‘When I grew up, cricket wasn’t part of what we did at school.
‘We need to make cricket part of everyday life in schools.
‘They love it. For young girls to have a role model to look up to is important.
‘I never had that when I was growing up. It was male cricketers to look up to.
‘So if today I’ve inspired one girl to play cricket then that’s job done.’
Georgia Maynard, 10, in Year 5, said: ‘It’s amazing to have someone who is the captain of the England cricket team coming to visit us to help us with our cricket skills.
‘So far it’s been amazing. I have never been that interested before but there’s a cricket club near where I live. I want to start taking part in games.’
Martin Lloyd, nine, is in Year 4.
He said: ‘It’s cool because I never thought I would have an experience like this in my life.
‘I thought all the cricket players would be touring everywhere all the time. It feels surreal because you just think it would never happen.’
Headteacher Nicola Hordelle added: ‘It’s an opportunity for children to see what they can achieve if they work hard. They have been very excited.’