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England women’s cricketer inspires Manchester school girls to play ‘street’ cricket

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England Women’s Cricketer, Susie Rowe, visited Levenshulme High School on Wednesday 13th February to raise awareness of a new StreetChance girls’ session in Manchester.

Whilst England played their decisive match against New Zealand in the ICC Women’s World Cup, Susie spent the morning working with pupils on their cricketing skills and put their new-found abilities to the test in a short game of StreetChance cricket.

Participants were shown how to bat, bowl and field by the star cricketer, who even joined in for a game. The event was held to promote the start of a new weekly StreetChance girls’ session for 11-18 year olds, which will begin on Tuesday 5th March, complimenting the four community sessions that have been running in the city since 2011.


Commenting on the importance of girls’ cricket, Susie said: “With the current Women’s World Cup and the Ashes taking place this summer, 2013 is a massive year for women’s cricket, so it’s great to be introducing girls in Manchester to cricket and hopefully sparking an interest for them.

“Growing up in an inner-city area myself, I found it difficult to find local girls’ cricket opportunities, and working on StreetChance has showed me how important it is to have a project like this to inspire girls to get involved in sports. StreetChance plays a key role in showing young girls that cricket isn’t just a boys sport played on village greens. It can be fun, fast paced and played wherever and whoever you are.”

Following the session, Levenshulme High School pupil, Megan Ryan (14) said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the session; it was so much fun and really energetic. I’ve always liked cricket but I never had the opportunity to play it because all my family love football.

"I’ll definitely get involved with the session when it starts at my school.”

Head teacher at Levenshulme High School, Amanda Thain, said: “I played cricket as a child and I’m a huge fan of the sport. I also taught my sons to play. Cricket is great for developing team work and co-ordination skills and it’s also a sport you can continue to play as you get older.

“Susie is an inspiration to the girls, a real role model and they’ve had a fantastic training session with her. We’re delighted that StreetChance will be running free sessions here at Levenshulme. I’m sure they will be very popular with our pupils.”

The free Manchester StreetChance girls’ session will begin at Levenshulme High School on Tuesday 5th March, running from 3-6pm and is open to girls aged 11 to 18 of all abilities.

For further information on the session, please contact Tom Love on tom.love@cricketfoundation.org.uk.