Hazell visits Chance to Shine in West Lancashire
Chance to Shine programmes in West Lancashire recently had the pleasure of welcoming Danielle Hazell (England Women) to join in activities around the borough. The programmes linked to Ormskirk CC and Skelmersdale CC was at the forefront of the visit as was Burscough CC, who are currently involved in the LCB countywide Girls Chance to Shine programme.
On Day One of the visit the LCB in partnership with the West Lancashire School Sport Partnership had organised a Gifted & Talented Cricket Day for Year 7 and 8 girls from the 7 High Schools within West Lancs. Each school was invited to bring 8 girls who received coaching from LCB coaches along with representatives from Burscough CC and indeed Danielle herself. In the afternoon the schools competed in an Inter Cricket Festival with St Bede’s RC High School coming out on top. One noticeable exception from the day was Ormskirk School as the U13 & U15 teams were at Lord’s in the National Finals of the Lady Taverners Competition. The day was enjoyed by all and it is hoped that a number of these girls would not only join local clubs but also get involved with the West Lancashire Cricket Development Group’s Girls Programme which involves weekly girls coaching at Burscough CC.
Day 2 saw Danielle visit some of the timetabled curriculum coaching that takes place weekly in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk. Holland Moor Primary ran a Key Stage 2 Girls Session during the morning with the girls extremely excited to meet an England International Cricketer. In the afternoon Year 4 and Year 5 classes combined as Danielle ran Skill Stations and Games. Both schools benefitted massively from Danielle’s involvement, not just from a coaching and enjoyment point of view, but also in her capacity as a role model. Danielle was forthcoming in signing autographs and answering questions and it is hoped she has inspired a number of new girls to take up cricket.
The afternoon was completed at Ormskirk Cricket Club with a weekly ‘Intro Session’. These take place from 3.45pm – 5.00pm and act as a bridge between school and club activity. Chance to Shine Primary Schools are invited to bring down children who aren’t currently members of a club but are interested in cricket. Danielle met close to 50 youngsters as club coaches delivered an hour of coaching and competition.
James Cutt (LCB Cricket Development Coach for West Lancashire) commented: “On behalf of the West Lancashire Cricket Development Group, Burscough CC, Ormskirk CC, Skelmersdale CC, West Lancashire School Sport Partnership and indeed myself as the LCB representative in West Lancs, I would like to thank Danielle and Chance to Shine for the work she did with over 200 West Lancashire Cricketers.”