Former England cricketer and World Cup winner Isa Guha encourages girls to play cricket.
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Jess Creighton meets the former medium paced bowler at the home of cricket, Lords, in Middlesex. Isa discusses her first class cricket career and what originally attracted her to the sport.
She also tells viewers how practice and technique are often more important than strength and power, and that playing cricket teaches respect for other people.
Isa also explains what cricket has done for her in terms of life skills, travel, making friends and giving her a sense of sporting purpose from a young age. We learn that it is possible to combine sport with high level studies.
Next, we see Isa coach beginners at a local primary school in St John’s Wood in London. Isa demonstrates the basic skills to the school girls in a ‘Chance to Shine’ quick cricket session.
‘Chance to shine’ is the ECB and MCC charity initiative to get more children playing cricket in schools, and quick cricket is a beginners format of the game aimed at getting young players involved by using a soft ball and plastic bats to create confidence.
This clip is from BBC Bitesize the series PE for Girls.
Isa believes respect is incredibly important in her sport and that it’s important to recognise that people can take part in several different roles in a cricket team, such as bowler, batter and wicket keeper.
Pupils could research all the different roles available in sport, such as coach, manager, official, the media, journalism etc.