Friday 9 May 2014 

England Trio Join Chance To Shine Programme

Lauren Winfield
Lauren Winfield is one of the three new Chance to Shine coaching ambassadors
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England internationals Tamsin Beaumont, Kate Cross and Lauren Winfield have joined the Chance to Shine team as coaching ambassadors.

They join the five current ambassadors Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell and Heather Knight.

The eight players will encourage thousands of girls to take up cricket. While Knight will be in schools one day per week, the other seven will work as coaching ambassadors for two days per week as part of the continued partnership between the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Chance to Shine.

More than a million girls have enjoyed cricket through Chance to Shine since 2005 and last year more than 6,000 girls were coached by the ambassadors.

"I'm really looking forward to my role as a Coaching Ambassador," Cross said.

"I have seen the progress that Chance to Shine has made in recent years and it's brilliant to see how many children are getting involved with cricket.

"I can't wait to be a part of this and to help inspire kids to play the game."

Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of Chance to Shine said: "We are delighted to welcome Kate, Lauren and Tammy to the team.

"Our partnership with ECB over the last six years has had a positive impact both on and off the field.

"Not only have the team recently defended the Ashes in Australia, but young children around the country are getting the opportunity to play cricket thanks to the most inspirational coaches possible."

ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor added: "The pioneering partnership between the England Women's cricket team and the Chance to Shine charity continues to thrive. 

"One million girls have now received cricket coaching as a result of Chance to Shine, and thousands of those girls have been coached in their schools and clubs by members of the England Women's team through their roles as Coaching Ambassadors. 

"We are really proud of the story so far and with eight England women’s players now in these roles, we have an even greater opportunity to inspire more girls to take up our sport."

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