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6 February 2012 | PR 12/20

Loughborough cricketing trio selected for England squad

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L-R: Tammy Beaumont, Georgia Elwiss and Anya Shrubsole.

Three Loughborough MCCU cricketers are on their way to New Zealand after being selected for the England’s women’s tour. 

Loughborough captain Tammy Beaumont and first year students Anya Shrubsole and Georgia Elwiss will play for England in a five match Twenty20 series and three One Day Internationals against New Zealand, the White Ferns.

The girls are no strangers to the England squad; Tammy and Anya have been playing for England on and off for three years, while Georgia made her international debut in October 2011 on the tour to South Africa.

Even so, the chance to represent England half way around the world is an exciting opportunity not to be missed. As Tammy Beaumont explains:

“It’s brilliant. To play for England has been a dream of mine since I was about 12 years old, so it's a really good feeling to be selected for the New Zealand tour.”

Georgia Elwiss, a first year Sport Science and Management student, shared her feelings on the New Zealand tour:

“I’m really excited. It’s going to be a long tour, five weeks, and the time difference is a lot different to South Africa so that’s going to be taking a lot to get used to. But I’m really looking forward to it. The girls on the squad are fantastic and they’ve made me feel really welcome. I just can’t wait to get out there.”

Taking so much time off from their courses isn’t something unusual for athletes and players such as the girls, who often go away on training camps, tours and championships for long periods of time.

However, their support from their departments and the University is crucial in enabling them to succeed on and off the field.

As Georgia explains:

“It’s difficult to make a career out of cricket on the women’s side and I know I’ll need my degree for later in life. So combining the two is quite important for me. Trying to get a good degree so that it will stand me in good stead for 10 years’ time when I’m not playing cricket anymore is vital.” 

First year student Anya Shrubsole also feels the same about her degree in Psychology, and has found the support of her department a great help in letting her do both her course and cricket:

“I would like to spend a few years playing cricket, and eventually I’m hoping to have a job in Psychology, so a decent degree is important. My department has been very good. I’ve let all my module leaders know about the tour and they’ve helped me and adjusted things to make sure I don’t miss out on too much whilst I’m away.”

Captain of Loughborough women’s cricket team, and a Chemistry and Sport Science finalist, Tammy has had a busy last few years. Her choice, like the other girls, for coming to Loughborough University has been due to its incredible cricketing reputation, yet her course choice and their support also played a large factor. As Tammy explains:

“I chose Loughborough mainly because of its sporting prowess. The cricket here is the best for women, but the course also fitted in well and around what I enjoyed doing, which was important to me.”

Tammy scored an average of 447.5 out of 895 runs during the BUCS Championships 2011 for the Loughborough Women's Academy Cricket team.

The girls will play in various venues throughout their month tour of New Zealand hoping to have the opportunity to impress and retain their place for the upcoming ICC global events.

England & Wales Cricket Board head of women's cricket Clare Connor said:

"The England women's team has had an exceptional 2011. It was especially pleasing to see younger players taking their opportunities and senior players contributing with match-winning performances.

"The next 18 months provides an exciting schedule for international women's cricket with the ICC World Twenty20 in September 2012 and the Women's World Cup in 2013."

England’s tour of New Zealand will begin February 17 in Wellington with Twenty20 series match against the White Ferns. The One Day International series take place beginning of March. 

Full details and coverage from the tour can be found on the ECB website at: http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/womens/.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Jarrah Webster
Public Relations Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228658
E: J.E.M.Webster@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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