Pupils get chance to shine in cricket day

Howzat? Pupils and staff from the Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth CE Primary Schools were bowled over when they rounded off National Cricket Week with a day of events at the schools and Spofforth Cricket Club.

Sunday, 1st July 2018, 3:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 5:24 pm
Date:22nd June 2018. Picture James Hardisty. Matt Prior, former England cricketer taking part in the Yorkshire Children's Cricket Festival during National Cricket Week in Partnership with Yorkshire Tea. An event held at Spofforth Cricket Club, near Wetherby, where around 170 childrens from two local primary school Spofforth and Follifoot enjoyed the afternoon playing many cricketing activities.

All children took part in the Chance to Shine spirit of cricket assembly learning about the importance of playing fair, winning and loosing well and respecting officials and the opposition. Pupils and staff took part in a bowl off and the ball bounce challenge.

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 were joined by Paul Jeeves from the Yorkshire Post who talked to them about his role as a journalist covering different features related to cricket and the work of Taylors of Harrogate.

In the afternoon all 180 pupils took part in a host of batting, bowling and fielding challenges under the support and guidance of Chance to Shine coaches. Pupils were also joined by ex England wicket keeper and Ashes winner Matt Prior who provided expert tips and faced questions from pupils.

Paul Griffiths, Head Teacher for the Federation of Follifoot & Spofforth CE Primary Schools said: “Our pupils love their sport and we work hard to provide a wide range of inspirational experiences.”

“We feel incredibly lucky to have had such inspiring sports stars and journalists visit the school and work with us.

“The day will live long in the children’s memories. We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Chance to Shine and Taylors of Harrogate for making this day a possibility.