ROSIE Reynolds, of Corse & Staunton, is one of just 11 young female cricket players and fans who have won a dream chance to train with the England Women’s team.
The ten-year-old is off to Loughborough on Saturday for the special hour-long session which will be followed by a press conference and watching England take on Australia A at the Haslegrave Ground.
England captain Heather Knight launched the competition on International Women’s Day in March when girls between the ages of 7-11 were invited to say via social media or email why they deserved to be a part of #HeathersPride.
The England & Wales Cricket Board and the nine First Class Counties hosting England Women’s fixtures this summer have now announced the 11 winners with Rosie, a Year Five pupil at St Mary’s School, Churchdown, being chosen to represent Gloucestershire.
Rosie’s mum Stephanie said: “Rosie was so happy and surprised to hear the news.
“She’s in her second season playing at Corse & Staunton where it all began with watching her brother Sam and Rosie deciding that she wanted to get involved herself.
“Rosie has been inspired by some of the women players at the club and has become a very good bowler with cricket really helping her confidence.”
Heather Knight said: “I absolutely loved looking through all the entries. There were so many girls who had tried really hard to show us why they should come and train with us.
“It really filled me with confidence about the future of women’s cricket in England and Wales and it was genuinely inspiring to see how much it means to all of them.
“My only disappointment was not being able to choose more winners, but I hope that those entrants who didn’t win will still come and see us this summer.
“I can’t wait to meet the winners and train with them – from some of the cricket on show in the videos they might be able to help us out in the nets!”
Clare Connor, ECB’s Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, added: “It inspired us all to see the response to this opportunity from so many girls who shared their passion for cricket through their wonderful videos on social media.
“We will give these winners a very special day when they come to join Heather and the England women’s team. They represent the huge number of girls up and down the country who are coming in to the game, hopefully having been inspired by Heather and her team in recent years. It’s very humbling for us all and I’m sure it’ll be a memorable day for everyone involved.”
Heather Knight and the England Women’s team are in action at Bristol’s Brightside Ground on July 31 when they face Australia in a T20 international (6.30pm).