Former England Women’s Cricket Captain and President of The Lady Taverners, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, will present a cheque for £32,304 to ECB Head of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, and members of the England Women’s Cricket team at Lord’s on Tuesday 20 July, when England face New Zealand in the NatWest Women's One Day International.
The cheque represents funding for The Lady Taverners Girls’ under 13 and under 15 Indoor and Outdoor cricket competitions for the 2010/2011 season. The Lady Taverners has sponsored the ECB’s Girls’ competitions since 2003. More than 30,000 girls from over 3,000 schools and clubs have now taken part in the competitions, which give girls the opportunity to play cricket, often for the first time, with pathways through to national competition, local clubs and development programmes. Last year,a record 737 teams played in the winter indoor competition and 248 teams in the summer outdoor competition nationwide.
The Lady Taverners is part of The Lord’s Taverners, the official charity of recreational cricket and one of the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charities. The Lord’s Taverners is currently celebrating is Diamond Jubilee and will donate nearly £3 million this year to help give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance.
Following a series of five Regional Finals involving 76 schools, ten school teams from across the country competed for the title of 2010 national indoor champions at the MCC Indoor Centre at Lord’s on Wednesday 5 May (under 13s) and Thursday 6 May (under 15s). After two days of competitive cricket, Colston’s School from Bristol claimed the U13 title while Ilkley Grammar School from West Yorkshire made it a hat trick of victories in the U15 competition.
The national finals of the 2010 girls’ outdoor competitions will take place at Ellesmere College in Shropshire on Thursday 26 August, following a series of five regional finals.
Rachael Heyhoe Flint said: “Having had a great life in cricket I am so proud, as President of The Lady Taverners, that our charity has been able to sponsor competitions for girls cricket at under 13 and under 15 levels – both indoor and outdoor – for eight years. The numbers of girls who have played in The Lady Taverners competitions since our sponsorship began is very pleasing; we are certainly giving young girls a sporting chance to play cricket!”
Clare Connor said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the impact that The Lady Taverners Competitions is having on the participation rates of girls playing cricket across the country. With indoor and outdoor tournaments at under 13 and under 15 levels, we have seen an overall increase in participation of 58% on last year with over 30,000 girls having taken part since the competitions began. Hundreds of schools and clubs have embraced the competitions through their County Boards and we are excited about the even greater potential in the coming years. On behalf of all those schools and clubs, I would personally like to thank The Lady Taverners for their support."