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International all-girls cricket friendly to celebrate student exchange

An all-girls international cricket match is set to take place on Monday 22 July at Bowling Old Lane Cricket Club in Bradford.

The match will see American students pitch against an all-girls team from Bradford.

Fourteen students have come to the Bradford District as part of an annual exchange programme with the Experiment in International Living (EIL).

The students, who come from different parts of the United States, all study journalism and are being hosted in Bradford by the Council’s Youth Service and Sport and Leisure Service.

In the aftermath of England’s world cup victory, the exchange students will be taking part in a friendly cricket match at the start of a week long programme of activities. 

In addition to playing cricket, the students will also be taking tea with the Lord Mayor of Bradford on Tuesday 23 July at City Hall in Bradford. Other activities during the week will see students gaining work experience, visiting heritage sites and visiting faith organisations. 

EIL has been providing summer abroad programs for high school students for more than 87 years. It aims to allow students to explore the world while developing enduring friendships through cultural experiences and homestays, leaving a lasting impact on their lives.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Doreen Lee, said: “It’s always a real pleasure to host the American students who come here on the EIL exchange programme. We’re hugely proud of our Bradford heritage, and it’s fantastic that we can welcome them to our district and show them what life is like here and how we play cricket!”

Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places, said: “Everyone is still very excited about England’s victory in the Cricket World Cup, so it’s great to see this friendly match between a team of girls from Bradford and our guests from the USA. It’s a great way for the students to learn about an aspect of our culture and it will be a lot of fun!”

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