"Its great to be able to give something back and at the same time get so much enjoyment too"
Despite running a successful housekeeping and cleaning business, cricket fan Helen Ross knows no boundaries when it comes to her passion for the sound of leather on willow.
In her day job, Helen runs Bright and Beautiful North Tyneside an ever expanding eco-friendly cleaning, laundry and ironing business in the Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North Shields, Backworth and surrounding areas. As well as managing a team of 15 professional housekeepers, and going out to see potential customers, she still has time to captain Backworth Cricket Club’s ladies team.
Her lifelong passion with the sport started at school where she unsuccessfully tried to convince her teachers to start a girls cricket team. Since then she has attended international matches, T20 games and Test matches as well as introducing her young sons Andrew (9) and Matthew (7) to the game through their local club at Backworth.
Backworth Cricket Club is a well respected and thriving community club that provides coaching and playing opportunities for junior and senior members aged five and above. After attending a Saturday morning grassroots All Stars session with her young boys she asked if the club had a ladies team. She discovered that they didn’t and was asked if she would be interested in co-ordinating a team and providing the club with its first ladies team.
During COVID, the club suffered financially as have most sporting organisations, so Helen decided to help by sponsoring the club.
“It was a natural thing for me to do as I love the sport so much, as a business we always try to be an active part of our local community in North Tyneside and with the club being based in the heart of the area we serve it made sense to offer our support. It’s great to be able to give something back and at the same time get so much enjoyment too,’ she said.
“This year we were invited to play in the Northumberland Women’s Softball League and get to play established clubs like Ashington and Morpeth. We train every Friday evening and any females aged 13 to 50 plus are more than welcome to come along and join us. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and have a lot of fun.” ENDS
CAPTION: Helen with her cricket team and son Andrew at Backworth (Pic The Bigger Picture)
Contact Helen Ross 0191 731 4973
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