England women’s cricket team, led by captain, Charlotte Edwards and Head Coach, Mark Robinson, has helped to run a coaching session for young girls from across the Hammanskraal and Soshanguve townships at the Nelson Mandela Sports Complex.

The players assisted local area coaches to run fielding drills and a net session for over 40 girls from the region.

Speaking at the ground, England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, said: “We have all really enjoyed the event today. Cricket, and sport in general, has the power to transcend boundaries and unite people from all backgrounds, and it has been a hugely rewarding experience to help coach the young girls from the Hammanskraal and Soshanguve township.

“As a team, one of our primary motivators is that we love “smashing boundaries” –both on and off the field – and today’s session fits perfectly within this message. We want to spread our love of cricket as far and wide as possible, and I hope that the girls involved enjoyed themselves as much as we loved helping out.

“Thank you to everyone at Hammanskraal Cricket Club for hosting us and to the British High Commission and Northerns Cricket Union for organising the visit. As a team, we will all take a lot away from the day.”

Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa, Peter Boxer, who was also present at the event, added: “I am delighted to support the England women’s team here in Hammanskraal – it is
excellent that they have been able to run this coaching clinic for girls from Hammanskraal and Soshanguve townships. The session follows on from the England men’s team outreach event in Mamelodi last month. Both sessions have off ered the chance for the teams to meet young girls and boys from the local community, helping them with their cricket skills as well as supporting the development of the game and wider opportunities at grassroots level”.

[Source: www.womenssportsuk.com]