MP celebrates girls’ coaching initiative at cricket club

Posted on Thursday 26th August 2010 at 8:20 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti and Charlotte Edwards MBE at Frenchay Cricket Club

Jack Lopresti, the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, teamed up with one of the most famous names in English women’s cricket to celebrate a new coaching initiative at a local cricket club.

Jack joined Charlotte Edwards MBE, the England Women’s cricket captain and ECB Coaching Ambassador, at the recent special lunch event, held at Frenchay Cricket Club.

The event was organised to mark the latest initiative to promote and expand women’s cricket at the club, by improving its coaching facilities and techniques – a three-day coaching session of girls’ cricket.

During the event, Jack and Charlotte met with officials from the club, as well as the Grade 2 coaches to learn more about how the club is promoting the sport to girls of all ages in the local area.

Speaking after the event, Jack said: “Encouraging our children to participate in sports is so important, and I was delighted to see how the cricket club is trying to get as many youngsters as possible involved in cricket.

“To see the determination at the club, and hear about the plans that they have for the future, was extremely impressive and should be commended.”

Earlier this year, the club was awarded more than £1,500 funding from the Southern Brooks Area Forum (SBAF), to help volunteers qualify as coaches and for the hire of indoor nets, for local girls of all ages to practice and develop their game.

The funding was given to help the development of girls’ cricket at the club. The coaches will help the growing girls’ section of the cricket club develop their skill, and hopefully enthusiasm for the game.

The Forum is designed to bring together councillors, representatives of community organisations and local residents to discuss local issues.

One of five similar forums, the SBAF covers Bradley Stoke South, Bradley Stoke North, Bradley Stoke Central & Stoke Lodge, Filton, Frenchay & Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne wards.

Source: Filton and Bradley Stoke Conservatives

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