Essex held their first women and girls' media day at the Essex County Ground earlier this month. The event, which was designed to showcase women and girls' cricket in Essex, was attended by all of age-group squads as well as the Essex Women first XI.
Essex Cricket was also privileged to be joined by England Women international Heather Knight, who had recently returned home after reaching the final of the Women’s World Twenty20.
Knight also brought the women’s Ashes trophy with her to the event that England successfully retained during the 2013-14 winter series down under. Speaking at the event, Knight expressed the importance of promoting the women’s game, explaining: “Women’s cricket has been on an exponential curve recently, I have noticed a real difference from the Olympics, people are beginning to stand up and take notice [of the women's game].”
The first women and girls' media day also saw members of the local press attend to take pictures of the squad and interview key members of the women and girls' coaching and playing staff.
The day was concluded with a question and answer session which saw Essex star Beth Langston joined on a panel which included Knight, Beth Wild (ECB media manager) and Angela Tuff (ECB accredited umpire) giving the younger girls the chance to find out more about elite level women’s Cricket.
The session was hosted by men's first XI star Graham Napier, who also showed his support for the event.
Dan Porter, marketing executive at Essex Cricket, said of the day: “It is fantastic that we are now in a position to run an exclusive media day to promote the women’s game. As a club we are extremely proud of our achievements and want to build on our successes, events like this will certainly help us to fulfil this ambition”
Knight later visited a local Chelmsford shopping centre to promote the women’s game further and provide a photo opportunity for the public with the women’s Ashes trophy.
Essex Cricket would like to thank Knight and the ECB for supporting the day.