The Cricket Paper - - WOMEN’S ASHES -

FOUR stal­warts of Eng­land women’s cricket are this week be­ing awarded hon­orary de­grees by the Uni­ver­sity of Green­wich, more than 50 years af­ter qual­i­fy­ing as PE teach­ers at Dart­ford Col­lege.

For­mer Eng­land cap­tain, the late Rachael Hey­hoe-Flint, was among sev­eral for­mer in­ter­na­tion­als and nu­mer­ous county play­ers who un­der­went teacher train­ing at Dart­ford – an in­sti­tu­tion that was founded by the Swedish ad­vo­cate of women’s suf­frage, Martina Bergman Oster­berg.

World Cup win­ner Enid Bakewell, now 76, grad­u­ated in 1963, three years af­ter her fel­low World Cup win­ner, Mary Pilling, 78. For­mer Eng­land bat Jill Pow­ell grad­u­ated in 1978 and will travel from the States to re­ceive her hon­orary de­gree at the age of 60.

Norma Iz­zard, who re­mains the game’s long­est serv­ing Eng­land man­ager, hav­ing looked af­ter the side be­tween 1984 and 1993, grad­u­ated back in 1954. She is due to re­ceive her de­gree aged 84, de­spite a re­cent car ac­ci­dent in which she broke a wrist and 18 ribs.

She has been de­ter­mined to at­tend the cer­e­mony, if pos­si­ble. Hey­hoe-Flint could yet be awarded a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion posthu­mously. She al­ready holds an hon­orary Doc­tor­ate in Phi­los­o­phy from Green­wich Uni­ver­sity, which was awarded in 2003.

Bergman Oster­berg founded Eng­land’s first ever Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion train­ing col­lege in Hamp­stead, Lon­don, in 1885, and ad­mit­ted women only. The es­tab­lish­ment moved to Dart­ford in 1895 where it trained women right up un­til 1986 un­der the name of Dart­ford Col­lege.

The Col­lege for­mally closed in 1976 fol­low­ing merger with Thames Polytech­nic, which later be­came the Uni­ver­sity of Green­wich.

The Uni­ver­sity has de­cided to award hon­orary Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion de­grees to all those who grad­u­ated from Dart­ford Col­lege, in cel­e­bra­tion of the work of Bergman Oster­berg.

The Uni­ver­sity is still try­ing to track down any oth­ers who grad­u­ated from Dart­ford Col­lege in the past. The re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing so far to the ex­tent that an ad­di­tional grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony is be­ing planned for 2018.

The Alumni team can be con­tacted on alumni@gre.ac.uk

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