0 Glamorgan appoint first-class cricket's first female groundsperson

sarahSarah Addison is striking a blow for gender equality in the male-dominated world of cricket - by becoming the first woman to tend the manicured turf of an international cricket ground.

The 27-year-old has joined the ground staff at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff - and is believed to be the first woman ever to hold the position of groundsperson.

Sarah, who joined Glamorgan from Worcestershire, said she was delighted with getting the job and is confident she can handle the step up to maintaining an international pitch.

She said: "I'm very pleased to get the job. It's the next level up from county cricket and it will be a very good experience for me to look after an international ground."

But she believes she will have her work cut out to hold her own in a job dominated by men.

She said: "I feel I have to work a lot harder to prove myself in a male-dominated industry.

"The way the industry is with it being male-dominated, it takes time for people to realise I can do the job.

"A lot of people at my last job said to me that when they first heard I would be groundsperson they thought I would be a typical girly girl.

"They thought I'd be moaning about the hours and about getting dirty but when they see I can do a good job, they're fine with it."

Sarah had a taste of international cricket last year when she helped prepare the pitch for an England match.

She said: "I spent some time working at Edgbaston, helping to prepare for the England v South Africa 20/20. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and knew that I wanted to do more work at international grounds."

With the industry lacking in women, Sarah hopes that her getting this job will be the catalyst for more female participants in future.

She said: "I would like to think that in time it will get more females involved. I'd like to see it happen, especially in cricket."

Glamorgan have also appointed Robin Saxton, who worked with Sarah at Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

The club is currently pioneering new heating technology within their hover cover which should help the wicket to be dried in wet conditions.

Keith Exton, head groundsman said: "We are thrilled to welcome Robin and Sarah to the Swalec Stadium where I'm sure they will have a vital role to play as part of our talented groundsteam."

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