Two directors of a not-for-profit women’s support organisation in the region have played a key role in today’s Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Janice Rokni and Jan Vincent from Aspire, have been selected as trophy carriers for the match, which is underway now.#

Aspire is a not-for-profit organisation based in Chester-le-Street town centre, Co. Durham.

From their women only centre they deliver high-quality free and low cost learning, support and wellbeing, as well as structured volunteering opportunities, to a diverse range of women across the North East of England.

Offering a safe, friendly place to gain skills, socialise and improve confidence. Some of their biggest assets are the onsite crèche facilities and the award winning volunteers of the National Lottery Community Fund programme Supporting Sisters who are trained and mentored to offer peer to peer support and wellbeing services.

Despite the growing popularity of cricket both domestically and internationally, women remain underrepresented in the sport.

However our women’s team has gone from strength to strength. In 2017 the England Women’s Cricket Team won the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award after winning that year’s World Cup, they were also runners up in the 2018 Women’s World Twenty/20.

Janice and Jan hope their presence at the event will help the movement to change the underrepresentation of women in sport and be a brilliant opportunity to show the impact in Chester le Street that women can have on women and communities.

Janice Rokni said of the occasion: “We are delighted to be nominated and selected to represent women at such a prestigious event. Aspire supports women to follow their aspirations and through our comprehensive offer encourages women to be more active and engage in sporting activities.”