Finchley Gunns Cricket Club coaches Kinnari Naik and Krishna Shah travelled to Lord’s to undergo a coaching session from England women’s head coach Mark Lane.
Naik and Shah were given the opportunity to attend the class as part of the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme, which aims to attract and train coaches at all levels in England and Wales.
Five coaches – specially selected by their county cricket development managers for their contribution to the growth of women’s cricket in their area – took part in the session, where they learnt techniques that Lane uses to train the number one ranked women’s cricket team in the world.
Naik said: “It was great to meet Mark and to have been part of a session that is looking to promote female participation in the game, and women’s sport in general.
“Learning how the England women’s team train has been fascinating and we’ve got so much out of the masterclass that we can take back to our clubs.”
Women’s cricket is enjoying a resurgence with levels of participation in the sport increasing dramatically over the past six years.
There are now 2,121 female United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) candidates currently on coaching courses with 1,687 having been certificated and qualified as of August 1 2012.