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Case Study: Charity funds youth female cricketers to take part in the Dubai Junior world series

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The Andy Biddle Youth Sports Foundation provided funding for Connie Squire-Wood, Libby Snowdon and Faye Stanley to represent England at the indoor Dubai Junior world series in 2023.

 

The three players from Sutton Coldfield were selected to play for the 17 and under England girls team, which is a massive achievement. Our charity was proud to provide a grant to the girls in order to help make this trip possible.

 

A once in a lifetime opportunity became a reality for the three back in September of 2023,

when they headed to Dubai with their teammates. The event comprised of 10 days of indoor cricket for junior boys and girls from 7 different nations and around 360 players. The nations that played were England, Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and United Arab Emirates.

 

The Junior world series was a great development for junior cricket, being the biggest indoor juniors event, with professional quality broadcasting of the occasion too. To have three local female players attend was truly exciting for the charity, because our aim is to promote and fund youth sport in the Sutton Coldfield area.

 

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We received a letter from Connie after attending the series, expressing her gratitude towards our charity and her experience. She reflected on her time, mentioning the swapping of shirts with Australians and carrying the trophy. In her words, Connie feels she has been able to ‘leave a legacy for girls alike’.


Whilst in Dubai, Connie sported the Andy Biddle Youth Sports Foundation logo and said that she felt truly honoured to wear it.



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It’s experiences like these that our late friend Andy would have loved to see, with his passion for youth sport, and cricket having a special place in his heart.





 

 


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