The family of cricketing great, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, has set up an annual girls’ cricket scholarship in her memory at Malvern College, where her son Ben was a pupil.
The first award, worth several thousand pounds, will be made in September 2019 to enable a promising girl cricketer to attend the College from the age of 13. By 2023, there will be one cricket scholar in each year at Malvern College.
Lady Heyhoe Flint trained as a PE teacher then captained the successful England women’s side from 1966 to ‘78 and was also the first female cricketer to hit a six in a Test match. In 1999 after years of campaigning for equal opportunities for women cricketers she became one of the first ten female members admitted to the MCC and later a committee member. She became an influential businesswoman, philanthropist, a director of Wolverhampton Wanderers and was a member of the Malvern College Council for nearly 10 years. She died in January 2017 after a short battle with cancer.
Her son Ben Heyhoe Flint, 44, himself a former Staffordshire junior county cricketer, went to Malvern in 1987 and left the year before the College became co-ed. He now works in Singapore, still enjoying his cricket, but recently returned to his alma mater to launch the awards during the MBD Cricket Festival which features mainly girls’ sides. The scholarships will be partly funded by donations made after his mother’s death and partly by the Malvernian Society.
“Mum would have been thrilled that these awards are being set up in her name,” said Ben. “None of my friends from nearby girls’ schools played cricket, so it’s fantastic to see that Malvern’s now got increasing numbers of girls taking up the game and enjoying the great facilities there. These scholarships will help talented girls to attend who might not have had the financial resources otherwise; I’m very grateful to the Malvernian Society for adding to the funds we’d already collected.”
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