Arguably England’s most recognisable Female Cricketer, Charlotte Edwards MBE has led the Women’s team as Captain since 2006. When she made her International debut, Edwards was the youngest women to have played for England- aged just 16.
In 1997, Charlotte hit 12 centuries as she began to establish herself as a fierce opening batter, whilst still being exceptionally young. Edwards is now one of the best female cricketers in the world and continues to lead England women in all formats of the game. Her rise to fame through a sport which struggles to get the deserved limelight has set her in excellent stead for a role as a cricket speaker and after dinner speaker.
Awarded ICC Women’s player of the year in 2008, the plaudits continued to come for Edwards as she was awarded an MBE for her services to cricket in 2009. Edwards is the current record holder of the most ODI England appearances and has established herself as a stalwart of the national team.
Having held the captaincy for 9 years now, she’s earned her position in English cricket folk law as an inspirational leader; the skills she has picked up from nearly a decade’s worth of Captain experience, allows her to deliver insightful and perceptive views on the issues surrounding not only elite sport, but elite sport from a female perspective.
In a country when a vast amount of sporting success and interest has shifted to females, Charlotte Edwards has proven herself to be an excellent cricket speaker, delivering talks as an after-dinner speaker to large events.
She actively combats the issues and questions and delivers keynote addresses which are used to inspire more young girls to participate in sport. As a cricket speaker, she uses her current role as an ECB ambassador and ‘Chance to Shine’ coach, to engage with children and hopefully look to inspire and increase the next generation of players.
England women’s Cricket has grown in stature and exposure over the last 12 months due to back to back Ashes’ victories, led expertly by Edwards. Thanks to the successes of the national team, and the continual work by Edwards and co with the ECB, the future for cricket – especially female cricket – is looking exciting.