Cricketing star is out for a duck!

Clare Sweeney, from the Nottingham, and  Georgie Boyce

Clare Sweeney, from the Nottingham, and Georgie Boyce

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A Hucknall building society is holding a name-the-duck competition to help local cricketing star, Georgie Boyce.

The 16-year-old is one of thecounty’s top cricketers, has a place on the England women’s development U19s team and aims to represent England one day.

Georgie, of Wood Lane, said: “I’m really pleased with the support. In the past my family has had to raise money for equipment - so this is extremely generous.

The Holgate Academy pupil is the youngest of four children, but none of her siblings play. She said: “I got into cricket at Hillside Primary and Nursery School through the PE teacher Sue Day, who first put me through the county set-up.

“I think women’s cricket is massively improving but some areas like promoting the sport needs more work.”

The SportsAid charity works with the building society to support athletes.

Manager of The Nottingham, Michelle Smithson, said: “The main barriers to professional athletes is often the high costs of equipment and training, with a cricket bat costing upwards of £200. So we particularly value the support we can get for Georgie.”

The branch has already raised £750 for Georgie and is helping 50 athletes across the Midlands and South Yorkshire, including Hucknall’s own local tennis star Freya Christie.