Cheadle Hulme School were selected as one of 27 schools and colleges from across the country to act as the national anthem flag bearers thanks to TeamUp, an initiative developed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball, to encourage 7-13-year-old girls to experience the benefits of sport.
This summer, pupils from Cheadle Hulme School were treated to a once in a lifetime opportunity as they took part in the national anthem ceremony for England’s opening ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match in Derby.
26 female pupils from the school based in Cheadle Hulme near Stockport took centre stage for the group game contest between England and India, as they walked onto the field displaying the nations’ flags. The pupils were also given the opportunity to play a game of cricket on the outfield during the half-time interval.
Rupert Kitzinger, the cricket professional at Cheadle Hulme School who also attended the match with pupils from the school, commented: “After their experience, all the girls returned home with beaming smiles and were energised after such an inspiring day. It was the first live cricket game any of them had watched, and to see elite women performing at such a high standard was brilliant.
“Cheadle Hulme School is committed to improving girls cricket, and this experience has given them the confidence, passion and belief that with hard work and dedication, they too might one day be able to emulate the England Women’s team.”
With sporting backgrounds running right through the school – its Headteacher, Lucy Pearson is an ex-England cricketer – Cheadle Hulme jumped at the opportunity to sign up to TeamUp one year ago when the initiative was launched. With cricket, hockey and netball hosting a consecutive home World Cup from 2017 through to 2019, the teachers of Cheadle Hulme wanted to capitalise on this unique moment in time for women’s sport, and use the initiative as a chance to inspire its young girls.
Rupert said: “We wanted to be a part of TeamUp to help show our pupils that sport can take you anywhere, and to capitalise on the incentives scheme TeamUp offers which could enable our pupils to meet their heroes or attend live matches. We hope that being a part of this initiative will help the school attract the best young girls to play sport, as we are able to offer them opportunities they may not get elsewhere.”
For access to money-can’t-buy prizes and experiences, resources for teacher delivery and information about training opportunities, sign your school up to TeamUp now: www.teamupengland.com.