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Edwards backs 'Fun in the Sun'

Charlotte Edwards at Beechwood Primary School

England's skipper Charlotte Edwards joins the girls from Beechwood Primary school with the ‘Fun in the Sun’ poster

England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards has lent her support to a new initiative encouraging more girls to play cricket.

The ‘Fun in the Sun’ poster has been released as part of the ECB’s bid to increase the number of girls aged nine to 15 playing cricket and raise awareness of the opportunities available in both schools and clubs nationally.

And, ahead of a busy summer of international cricket, Edwards turned up at Beechwood Primary School in Reading to talk to pupils about the benefits of the sport.

“There have never been more opportunities for girls to play cricket,” Edwards said.

“The game is a great way for girls to be active, have fun and learn new skills and when is there a better time to give it a go than in the summer holidays?”

The initiative follows on from the recent visit of international stars Anya Shrubsole and Aimee Watkins to Devon’s Axminster Cricket Club as part of a similar drive to get more women playing cricket ahead of the NatWest Women’s Series between New Zealand and England.