England women's cricket captain Charlotte Edwards visits Costello

The Costello School pupils meet Charlotte Edwards MBE

The Costello School pupils meet Charlotte Edwards MBE

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

PUPILS at a Basingstoke secondary school were delighted to get great tips from someone who is at the top of her game.

Charlotte Edwards MBE, who has been captain of the England women’s cricket team for seven years, visited The Costello School, in Crossborough Hill, to share tips with the Year 7 girls during a coaching session organised by Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club, as part of its Chance to Shine programme.

She also took part in a question-and- answer session, in which she told the pupils her greatest achievement was captaining the England side to victory as world champions in 2009, when they beat New Zealand in the final.

Cath Lewis, a PE teacher at Costello, said: “The girls also asked her what it was like to be famous, to which she claimed she wasn’t that famous compared to some female sports stars.

“The students responded by asking what Olympians had she met. We were very impressed when Charlotte said she had met Jessica Ennis several times.”

She added: “Charlotte is an outstanding cricketer and a fine ambassador for women’s sport, and we were very lucky to meet her.”

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