Celebrating International Women’s Day
In what has been a memorable 12 months for women’s sport, International Women’s Day seems a suitable time to celebrate the achievements of some of those young women who have been involved in Taverners-related sport endeavours over the last year…and what is still to come in 2013.
During an unforgettable summer of sport, Taverners ambassador Ellie Simmonds was a standout performer at the 2012 Paralympics as she claimed gold in the S6 400m freestyle and SM6 200m individual medley, silver in the S6 100m freestyle and bronze in the S6 50m freestyle.
Other notable achievements from our female ambassadors were Jordanne Whiley’s bronze medal in the women’s wheelchair tennis doubles and the efforts of Amy Conroy, Judith Hamer, Maddie Thompson and Laurie Williams who reached the women’s wheelchair basketball quarter-finals, while Louise Hunt reached the last 32 in the women’s wheelchair tennis singles.
Click here for details on the 2013 Wheelchair Basketball finals, where you can watch some of our ambassadors in action.
The Lady Taverners girls’ cricket competitions continue to flourish, with several members of the current England team showing how success in the competition can lead to greater things.
Tammy Beaumont, Holly Colvin, Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Taylor all took part in our competitions earlier in their careers, no doubt setting them on the road to success!
In 2012, 1,033 schools were involved in the winter U13 and U15 indoor schools competitions, with 259 clubs taking part in the outdoor U11, U13 and U15 competitions last year.
This year – the competitions’ 10th anniversary and The Lady Taverners’ 25th – will see over 7,000 teams take part in our girl’s cricket competitions with more than 75,000 girls enjoying cricket, many for the first time, courtesy of The Lady Taverners.
We have also supported girls’ cricket through our kit bag scheme. Since 2006, The Lord’s Taverners has provided over 450 cricket clubs with girls-specific kit to ensure the continued rise in participation.
Click here to find out when you can support girls’ cricket in your county during 2013.
2012 also saw the introduction of our Wicketz programme (link to website), an innovative ‘transitional' programme which uses cricket to help transform the lives of young people, their families and communities in disadvantaged areas.
Initially piloted in London, three junior cricket clubs have so far been formed as part of the programme in communities where cricket was previously inaccessible: Tottenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets, the latter of which is a girls-only club.
Two girls from Swanlea School (Tower Hamlets), who played cricket for the first time when taking part in our Wicketz programme, spoke to The Lord’s Taverners president, Chris Cowdrey, on stage at last year’s Christmas Lunch fundraiser in front of 1,400 guests. Listen to what they had to say about the game here.
Happy International Women’s Day (and Mother’s Day for Sunday) – here’s to women’s and girls’ sport continuing to make the giant strides it has made over the past 12 months.