England women’s cricket legend brings Ashes to Aylesbury

Charlotte Edwards, England ladies cricket captain and the Ashes trophy at  Aylesbury High School - part of a tour of Bucks Schools - Charlotte is pictured front centre with pupils from the High School, Sir Thomas Fremantle School and the Highcrest Academy

Charlotte Edwards, England ladies cricket captain and the Ashes trophy at Aylesbury High School - part of a tour of Bucks Schools - Charlotte is pictured front centre with pupils from the High School, Sir Thomas Fremantle School and the Highcrest Academy

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Double Ashes winning and England women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards was in Aylesbury today (Wednesday) as part of a schools coaching tour.

Edwards, who led England to a successful defence of the Ashes in Australia at the turn of the year, was at Aylesbury High School thanks to a joint venture between Chance to Shine and Buckinghamshire Cricket Board.

Edwards was joined by fellow England player Heather Knight as the pair tour schools looking to inspire the next generation of girls to play cricket.

Following the triumphant back-to-back Ashes series against the Australian women, Charlotte and Heather gave students the chance to get up close and personal with the famous little trophy.

Now well into its eighth year, the Chance to Shine campaign continues to motivate and educate young people through cricket, with more girls than ever now regularly playing cricket. Of the 2million plus youngsters engaged in Chance to Shine, 46% are female.

Speaking about her visit to Aylesbury, where she visited in December to hand out the Bucks Sports awards, Charlotte said: “I hope the children come away from the visit feeling inspired to go along to their local club and become part of a rapidly growing sport for boys and girls.

“My role as a Chance to Shine Coaching Ambassador is great as it allows me to combine playing international cricket with a job where I can really make a difference.”