The autumn/winter issue of ISS is out!

In this issue, we speak to former England cricketer Lydia Greenway about the power of female role models in building girls' aspirations, Brighton College talks LGBT inclusivity, and we ask if there is enough nutrition education

A note from the editor…

Welcome to the autumn/winter issue of Independent School Sport, I hope you are settling into the new academic year well. While the world is becoming a more equal place to live (albeit slowly), change like this doesn’t just happen. It is the actions of individuals that puts change into motion, and that’s why I was incredibly lucky to speak to Lydia Greenway this month.

The former England cricketer, who debuted for England at 17 years of age, was part of two World Cup winning teams and five Ashes series wins. Now, she heads up Cricket for Girls, a coaching initiative led by women, teaching young girls how to play cricket.

In our interview on page 52, she talks about how young girls having female role models is vital in building their aspirations – it’s actually the key thing that motivated her to set up the programme. She sees the faces of young girls change as they realise cricket is a sport for them as well.

This levelling of the playing field is essential in teaching a young generation of girls and boys. Cricket for Girls has a whole host of new teacher courses, student camps and resources, so read the interview to find out more.

We also have a range of comment pieces in this issue on everything from kicking homophobia in football off the pitch (page 18), to what the future of PE kits will look like (page 24).

Head over to our features section where I talk to Bristol Bears’ Piers O’Conor, who speaks fondly of his days at Eastbourne College (page 28), and much more.

I hope you enjoy the issue.

Jo Golding

Editor of Independent School Sport