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Event drives game forward

Car Park Cricket

Girls' cricket has received a unique form of promotion in Lancashire with a Car Park Cricket event taking place in Haslingden.

Forty girls between the ages of 8-15 years, 11 staff and a healthy viewing crowd came together on Tesco’s lower car park in Haslingden for the Car Park Cricket event organised by Rossendale Leisure Trust.

Car Park Cricket

Once the cars had cleared the coaches began preparing the area for the sessions. Each of the girls were split into five countries and had a team coach and a young Lancashire representative to head up the team. The girls worked their way around five work stations covering a range of fun and skill based practices.

Nick Westwell, Community Cricket Coach, said: “The event was a huge success. All in all a very professional project was achieved. Although being bitterly cold, the girls got stuck into our work stations skillfully managed by our coaches. The 40 girls deserve a pat on the back for maintaining their levels of interest and a lot of these will be linked into our Rossendale Girls Cricket programme in the summer.”

Collette Butler, Tesco’s community champion, acted as ambassador for Tesco and was a vital contact in preparation for the event. Collette was present throughout the event to support the girls and provide refreshments. She said: “Tesco Haslingden were proud to support this fantastic event and link in with local organisations to promote sports and physical activity within the local community.”

The girls showed great enthusiasm throughout the two hours and the session ended with a series of fun competitions. Norman Hauserman, Rossendale Leisure Trust’s Chair of the Board, presented the girls with certificates and thanks were given to Surridge Sport who kindly sponsored the event and provided free T-shirts to all the girls and coaches.

Katie Miller, RLT’s Club Development Officer, said: “The support of Tesco has allowed us to promote girls’ cricket in a unique way. Our thanks must go out to Tesco in Haslingden, Surridge Sport, Kershaw Print, Rossendale Cricket Development Forum, Nick’s team of coaches, and volunteers Geoff Pickup, David Pickup, Paul Metcalf, Kirsty Holder, Jamie Smith, Adam Barnes, Adam Eacott, Duncan Fisher and Scott Schofield for all their hard work on the day. Building on this year’s success, we hope to make this an annual event."