Charlotte Edwards with students
Students from Taunton Academy, Heathfield Community School and Richard Huish College had the opportunity to meet and play against former International Cricket Captain, Charlotte Edwards, at a special event hosted by Richard Huish College.
During her 20-year international career, for 10 of which she was England captain, Charlotte has earned a long list of achievements including leading England to win the Ashes three times (2008, 2013 and 2014) and World Cup/World T20 double (2009). She was also the first player to score 2,500 runs in T20 internationals.
When Edwards made her debut at just 16, she was youngest woman to have played for England and noted “the face of women’s sport has changed significantly since I began my career”. Awarded an MBE in 2009 and CBE in 2014 for her services to cricket, Charlotte has certainly been an influential figure in producing such changes and continues to inspire young women around the world with a seat on both the MCC and ICC committees.
Following two Huish students, Megan Beale and Becca Holder, successfully becoming official ambassadors for the National #ThisGirlCan campaign earlier this year, Huish Sport has committed to getting more girls active. Connor Sidley-Adams, Sport Development Manager said ‘The work that Megan and Becca are doing in getting people active at college is brilliant to see and we are now looking at how we can help get local school children active in the same way’.
At the cricket session, girls from Huish, Heathfield and Taunton Academy took part in a game with Charlotte before having the chance to speak to her about her career and experiences. Charlotte shared, ‘it is great to have an opportunity to talk to students like this and see so many girls enthusiastic about sport’.