Marking exactly two months to go until play gets underway in the much anticipated ICC Women’s World Cup Final at Lord’s, England cricketers, Anya Shrubsole and Jenny Gunn helped to give pupils from gold-prize winning TeamUp school, the John Warner School in Hertfordshire, a very special tour around the Home of Cricket yesterday.
After learning about the history of the Ashes Urn housed in the MCC Museum, Anya and Jenny showed pupils around the most famous building in cricket, the Lord’s Pavilion, which included a bespoke display of memorabilia arranged in the Home Dressing Room to detail some of the historic moments from the women’s game. Pupils also got the opportunity to hold the ICC Women’s World Cup trophy, which will be presented to the captain of the winning team at the Ground on Sunday 23rd July.
England women’s vice-captain, Anya Shrubsole, said: “With just one month to go now until our opening clash of the ICC Women’s World Cup against India in Derby on Saturday 24th June, the excitement levels throughout the squad are really starting to build, and it has been great fun sharing this anticipation with the girls from the John Warner School today. Lord’s is such an incredible Ground, steeped in history, and we will be doing everything we can to make sure we are back here on Sunday 23rd July competing in the Final.”
Following the special tour of Lord’s, Anya Shrubsole, Jenny Gunn and pupils from the John Warner School were joined by England hockey and netball stars, Georgie Fisher (netball), Sabbie Heesh and Suzy Petty (both hockey), to take part in a fused cricket-hockey-netball training session in neighbouring Regent’s Park. The session was delivered alongside the annual Westminster Sports Unit year 5/6 girls’ Kwik cricket tournament involving over twenty primary schools from the local area, and was supported by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as part of their community engagement work in the area surrounding Lord’s.
Shrubsole added: “TeamUp is a brilliant initiative. Jenny and I have really enjoyed getting involved with everything today – especially the chance to have a go at a spot of hockey and netball with Sabbie, Suzy and Georgie. There are so many transferable skills across the three sports – I think we will stick to cricket for now, but what a fantastic opportunity lies ahead with the three consecutive women’s World Cups to inspire young girls across the country to play all three!”
Launched in October 2016, TeamUp represents a three-year campaign between the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball to maximise the legacy of hosting three consecutive women’s World Cups. Over 1,000 schools across the country have now signed-up to the initiative, which offers rewards and incentives to schools related to how much girls’ team sport activity they deliver.
This summer, working with the International Cricket Council (ICC) 30 TeamUp schools will be able to offer their pupils a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved with the ICC Women’s World Cup, acting as the national anthem flag bearers ahead of the start of play in every match.
The ICC Women’s World Cup gets underway on Saturday 24th June, and from there eight teams will battle it out in a round-robin tournament, contesting 28 group stage matches across four venues (Bristol, Derby, Leicester and Taunton). The top four sides will qualify for the semi-finals on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th July, followed by the winners playing in the coveted final at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday 23rd July.