Girls Cricket Supporter Woodworth Rewarded with House of Lords Trip

Banbury Cricket Club Treasurer and immediate Past President John Woodworth has been invited to the House of Lords by Chance to Shine ambassador and Pioneer of the Womens game Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint OBE DL in recognition of his contribution to the Chance to Shine Scheme.

The ECB backed scheme has been credited with educating over one million girls on the great game of cricket. John has been the coordinator of the scheme in Banbury for approaching a decade and without his efforts far fewer young girls would have had the chance to play cricket in Banbury.

During the past 7 years Banbury Cricket Club have run Chance to Shine Cricket in over 50 schools in Banbury and other parts of Oxfordshire. This year our coaches including Dean Bartlett from New Zealand and Lloyd Sabin will be running sessions at 6 Banbury area primary schools and 3 secondary schools.

We will also be hosting 2 primary school festivals in May when primary schools will link up with their family secondary schools, with over 400 children playing cricket. We will also be running 2 festivals for schools involved with Chance to Shine 300 children over 2 days. 

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 John is a supporter of womens and girls cricket and was this year was named president of the Midlands Womens Cricket League of which Banbury are a part.

When added to his duties for Chance to Shine and for Banbury Cricket Club, John is a massive contributor to recreational cricket in the region.

The reception is at the prestigious Cholmondeley Room and terrace at the House of Lords on the 21st May. The event will be hosted by cricket commentator and presenter Alison Mitchell and will be attended by Charlotte Edwards and the rest of the victorious England Ashes Squad. 

"Wicked", said John. "A chance to meet up with my mate Charlotte again" 

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