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Edwards puts women's cricket on front foot

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England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards is helping to launch a programme of activity that is encouraging young girls to participate in cricket.

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards is helping to launch the 'Girls on the Front Foot' campaign in an effort to give girls the same opportunities as boys to play cricket

Edwards and Tesco corporate and legal affairs director Lucy Neville-Rolfe are part of a newly formed Girls' Cricket Board, organised by the Chance to Shine cricket charity.

They join several others, including the head of women's cricket at the ECB, Clare Connor, and the country's leading female cricket commentator, Alison Mitchell, in helping to launch the 'Girls on the Front Foot' campaign.

The venture, held at Lord’s, aims to give girls the same opportunity as boys to play cricket at schools, clubs and in the community as well as allowing those from disadvantaged backgrounds to increase their aspirations.

Edwards said: "I am delighted to be involved with the Chance to Shine Girls Board. It is amazing to see this collection of high-powered women come together for such a worthy cause.

“In my dual role as England captain and Chance to Shine coaching ambassador it is fantastic to go into schools around the country and see girls playing cricket.

“A few years ago one of those girls could have been me and I hope the work we do as a board will inspire girls around the country to enjoy this great sport and help the game continue to grow."