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12 Feb

Special Sporting Reminiscence Event

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are delighted to announce details of a special Reminiscence Event taking place on Wednesday 17th February.

For this special session we also have James Carr and Cecilia Allen joining the conversation, have a chat with them and others, see where the conversations go. If you like sporting history and memories you are in for an interesting evening. The key theme of this session is women’s cricket.

Following 10 years of being a volunteer coach at his local club, James Carr left the UK for New Zealand to secure full time work in cricket, as a development officer. It was there he launched Girls Smash, an entry level programme, to attract girls in to the game. James received a national award for his work and growth of the women’s game at the New Zealand Cricket Awards 2018. Alongside his community role, James worked on the pathway and with the senior regional team as a coach for the Otago Sparks. Having worked along the whole pathway of the women’s game, he returned to the UK, via Cricket Scotland and is now one of the eight new regional directors for the ECB’s elite domestic structure for women’s professional cricket.

Cecilia Allen joined the ticket office team at Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) in October 2013 and has worked at the club ever since, in the roles of Customer Operations Executive, Ticket & Membership Office Manager as well as assisting with the Yorkshire Diamonds. She is now the Cricket Operations Manager.

Cecilia started her personal cricketing journey near Cambridge where the family home is, her Mum saw an advert in the village monthly magazine for junior cricket in a neighbouring village. Knowing how much Cecilia loved most sports she took her along one Saturday morning and Cecilia never looked back. Cecilia then progressed to represent Cambridgeshire girls u13s, 15s and 17s before playing 1st XI cricket at the University of Leeds. While at university Cecilia gained some experience in the managerial side to cricket in various roles on the club’s committee. After graduating Cecilia managed to secure an administration job with Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket. Cecilia then took on a volunteer role managing the Yorkshire u15 girls cricket team.

Since starting to work for YCCC Cecilia began to perform better at club level as a cricketer and was invited to trial for Yorkshire Women. Cecilia has played for Yorkshire Women for 3 seasons, and she is so keen for the women’s regional setup to thrive, giving more women and girls access to regular cricket training and all the added benefits that a professional setup brings such as strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, and nutritionists.

The session will be free and you can REGISTER HERE

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