Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy were delighted to host a morning of indoor cricket recently facilitated by Community Coaches from Kent County Cricket Club, ‘Chance to Shine’ project.
Key Stage 3 students from SCWA and John Roan School were put through their paces, learning new skills and techniques before finishing the morning with a competitive game which was won by John Roan.
From the smiles on their faces, it was obvious the students really enjoying themselves. “I love cricket as it’s a team sport and everyone gets a go.” Said JK. “I really enjoy playing, there are many different roles -something for everyone; batting is my favourite position.” Julia added.
James Reid, Community Coach commented: “We are able to run our 3 year outreach programme thanks to generous funding from the Peter Harris Foundation. The aim is to raise the profile of cricket by introducing more young people to the game by visiting schools, organising mornings such as these and running after-school clubs.”
With the recent passing of former Women’s Cricket Captain, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, who James described as a ‘pioneer of the game’ it was particularly pleasing to see so many girls enjoying the morning.
James is looking forward to ‘exciting times ahead’ in the cricketing calendar with the Women’s World Cup which is being played in England in June and July and of course, the men’s national team will be trying to win back The Ashes from Australia beginning in November this year.
Director of PE and Sport Alison Smith said: “Our students really enjoyed the morning and benefitted so much from being coached by experts in the game. Cricket is a firm fixture in our sports calendar and we can’t wait for the next event.”