Trust ploughs £3,000 into women’s cricket development

A GRANT of £3,000 from the David Shepherd Cricket Trust will help the development of Devon’s young lady cricketers.

Charity trustees have agreed the grant, which will enable girls in the squad to access quality training covering all aspects of their game.

Several members the squad are part of the South West Regional Development Centre programme, currently delivered by coaches from KIA Superleague winners Western Storm.

Steph Hutchins, Becca Halliday, Sophie Florides, Daisy Meadowcroft and Olivia Churcher.

Warren Carr, the chairman of the Devon Women’s Cricket Association, said the grant will be spent in a number of areas.

“The funding will enable the squad to supplement both technical, mental and tactical work in conjunction with a structured strength-and-conditioning programme delivered by Western Storm and Devon’s Zak Bess,” said Carr.

All training will take place at the Sir Christopher Onjaadte Cricket Centre at the University of Exeter and will include team and individually designed sessions, which will help prepare the girls for the summer ahead.

Kat Hampton, the newly appointed secretary of the DSCT, said the Trust was keen to support women’s cricket.

“We are so pleased to be able to help the DWCA with what it is trying to achieve with the under-19 age group and the promotion and continuation of women’s cricket,” she said.

The David Shepherd Cricket Trust offers grants for almost everything to do with the promotion of youth cricket, ranging from player development to coach education.

Grants are not available for kit or capital equipment

To apply for a grant visit the Trust website and take the supporting youth cricket tab.

Further details are available from Hampton by emailing her at