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Kate Cross gets involved throughout Lancashire in her Chance 2 Shine Ambassador Role

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Kate Cross gets involved throughout Lancashire in her Chance 2 Shine Ambassador Role

Kate Cross, Lancashire and England player is passing on her knowledge throughout the county.

Kate Cross, Ashes Winner has been succesful in securing a role as Chance to Shine Amabassador and we in Lancashire are lucky to have her services in schools, competitions and some county activity.

Kate has been successful this winter with her seam bowling, taking wickets in the Test Match out in Australia. She has played at International level and spent many years working her way up the ranks at Lancashire, her knowledge of the womens game is invaluable.

So far Kate has spent time in schools in Rainford:

Girls at Corpus Christi Primary School in Rainford were recently surprised and delighted with the visit of Lancashire and England International Women’s star Katie Cross.

Katie accompanied Jenny Laycock the LCB’S Women’s and Girls Development Officer who is delivering a number of coaching sessions at the school as part of the County’s current initiative in promoting and establishing cricket for primary school age girls, specifically those under 10. Ten cricket clubs across Lancashire have signed up to the scheme each one linking to a local school.

Weather permitting the first competitive tournament for all the teams takes place on Sunday 11 May at Rainford Cricket Club.

Ian Harrison, Rainford CC Secretary and Chairman of the St Helens Cricket Development Group said “This is a real grass roots initiative that will benefit everyone involved, schools, clubs and most importantly the girls themselves. We are very happy to be part of it”.

Kate will be spending time in schools in the bury area supporting the newly set up Tottington St Johns Women's side over the next few weeks.

Along with schools coaching, Kate made a special visit to Lowerhouse CC this week for National Cricket Week where over 120 girls were playing Kwik Cricket.

Kate commented 'its a great opportunity for girls to get experience of cricket at a young age especially in a competition like this. I never had the opportunity as young as 11 to play at school in an all girls team so festivals like this are vital'.

See gallery for pictures from the day.

The U15 girls were lucky enough to meet Kate, ask her about her travels and also hold the Womens Ashes when she visited the T20 tournament last week in Longridge. See Gallery for team photo with the trophy. 

Jen Laycock Women and Girls CDO said 'Its an invaluable opportunity to have Kate around for these sessions, taking a role model into school, to competitions and to county training or games gives these girls a reall experience. The feedback has been great so far and we look forward to working with Kate in her Chance to Shine role over the coming weeks.'

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