We caught up with Anna Tunnicliff, one of our new beneficiaries, to find out more about her work as a cricket coach and goals to inspire more women and girls to participate in the sport.
How did you get into cricket?
My husband, stepson and son are all cricket mad. There were no women playing cricket at the club, and only 1 girl. I am not one to sit on the sidelines, so offered to help with coaching the children. This is when I completed my level 1 coaching qualification. After a comment about me making the tea, I decided to undertake my level 2 coaching children in cricket qualification.
Tell us a bit about your work.
My regular job is as a nurse. I am a volunteer coach. I run a lunchtime club for girls at our local primary school, assist with the after school club, and run a women's only coaching session one evening a week. We have been running the ladies for 1 year and started with 5 of us, now have 20 ladies playing softball cricket! I have played in some of the mens hardball games…. and got wickets in all of them! Never say you can’t do something! On Friday nights I coach mixed sessions of U8s and U10 children; approximately 30 each week. I am striving to build a girls section ‘the Cygnets’.
Who is the project intended for?
My project is for women and girls of all ages and abilities to have fun, keep fit, meet new people and inspire a love of sport.
What are your goals / ambitions for the club?
My goal is to have a girls team by the end of the season, and to keep growing our numbers. The Swans and Pens have entered 2 tournaments and will enter more this season. We will be hosting our own softball tournament this year. I organised and had funded by Kent cricket and the ECB to run a female only coach support worker course (level 1), which was attended by 20 women from across Kent.
What will you put your Boudavida donation towards?
My donation will go towards keeping subs low or free. We need to buy some smaller equipment. I would like to be able to hire a sports facility over the winter so that we can continue to train for free.
What has been the greatest success of the club/your work so far?
My greatest success so far is inspiring a love of cricket in my daughter and some of her friends. We have made cricket at our club a real family affair for all the members, and hope to grow this. Cricket is an inclusive sport for you, and we are proof of that. I aim to be an inspiration to be daughter, that girls can do anything they want, and that includes cricket!
I have been awarded Kent Coach of the Year for 2018 and as a result I’m in the running to become National Coach of the Year!