Wednesday 26 October 2016
Charlottes cricketing career
Achieving success on and off the sport ground, Charlotte (22) batted her way through university life, AND walked away with a first class honours this summer. She is now off to play cricket for South Hobart in Australia - as their overseas player!
BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science graduate and avid cricket player, Charlotte, applied her positive work hard, play hard attitude right from the word go when she joined Solent in 2013.
Keen to play her favourite sport alongside academic life, yet with no women’s cricket team in place, Charlotte took it upon herself to take on the role of captain and help drive the first women’s cricket team into a fully-fledged, winning team.
Charlotte tells us more about cricket, university life and how you ‘have nothing to lose and should just give sport a go.’
Tell us what team you were Captain of and for how long?
I was captain for the women’s cricket team at Solent for the full three years I was there.
What inspired to take on the role of Captain?
Phil Green, Director of Solent Sport and myself started the team during Fresher’s Week. I helped get six girls to enter the indoor competition and took on the captaincy straight away.
What skills did you learn as the Captain of a team and how will these skills help in your future career?
The main skill that I will take forward is team management. Organising training; making sure everyone knows where to be and at what time; putting a team together and the general admin that comes with running a team.
What did you love most about being part of Team Solent?
I loved being able to help create a successful team. Hopefully one which will continue.
How did you manage to balance sport with university work?
Well, my cricket both inside and outside of university takes up a lot of my time, but it was just a case of when I wasn’t training, I was trying to get assignments done. It does also help that the University year runs from September - May which is mainly during crickets ‘off season’, so training was lower in volume.
What is your top highlight of captaining your team and why?
My top highlight is definitely winning the outdoor league in my final year. We won every game and introduced some girls who hadn’t played cricket before to the sport, and they loved it!
What are you doing now that you’ve graduated?
I am about to fly to Hobart (Tasmania) in Australia for six months to play cricket for South Hobart as their overseas player.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future aren’t really set yet as I am still unsure of what I really want to do, but I hope to get a job within professional cricket if possible. That would be the dream anyway.
What have you loved most about your time at Solent?
My favourite thing has got to be the friends that I’ve made and the connections I now have for future jobs. It has definitely been the best three years of my life!
What advice would you give to new students considering trying out for one of the Team Solent teams?
I would just say give it a go, you have nothing to lose and you might find a sport such as women’s cricket, that is a lot of fun.