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Morgan and Wyatt win coaching deals

Beth Morgan

Beth Morgan will combine representing her country with helping to boost participation levels in girls' cricket at grassroots level

England women’s all-rounders Beth Morgan and Danielle Wyatt have been awarded coaching contracts by the ECB and the Cricket Foundation.

They will combine training and playing with working as coaches and ambassadors for the Chance to shine programme aimed at boosting participation at grassroots level.

Morgan, 29, will coach in Middlesex and London schools, while 19-year-old Wyatt will work in her home county of Staffordshire. Both will focus on increasing participation numbers in girls’ cricket.

They join England colleagues Charlotte Edwards, Caroline Atkins, Jenny Gunn, Lydia Greenway and Danielle Hazell as members of the Cricket Foundation coaching team, which has continued to grow since its inception in 2008.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Chance to shine team and acting as a role model for the future generation of cricketers,” said Morgan.

“It is very exciting to think that I may be able to inspire young people to experience cricket and enjoy it as much as I have over the years.

“I didn’t really get the chance to play cricket at school so to give this opportunity to youngsters today is something that I am sure will be extremely rewarding.”

Wyatt said: “It is something I wanted to do as soon as I first heard about it. To be able to both play and coach the sport I love so much - it doesn’t get much better than that.

“I have always been very passionate about the development of women’s and girls’ cricket and hopefully now I can inspire more young children around the country and increase participation in women’s and girls’ cricket.”

Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Cricket Foundation, added: “Both Beth and Danielle are fantastic additions to the Cricket Foundation.

“Since the launch in 2008 of coaching contracts as part of our partnership with ECB, they have boosted women’s cricket at both international and grassroots level.

“Not only has the England women’s team enjoyed considerable success in that two-and-a-half-year period, but we are seeing greater numbers of girls playing cricket and also joining Chance to shine clubs.

"There is no doubt that our inspirational coaching ambassadors play a huge part in this.”