Essex County Cricket Club are delighted to be giving a “brilliant opportunity” to young people as part of this year’s Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week.
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The scheme, which is part of the Chance to Shine opportunity given by the ECB, has been running for numerous years and the Eagles have been giving chances to young people to become involved with Cricket and the Club for the past ten years.
National Cricket Week involves bringing cricket back to state schools and celebrating the great effect that cricket has on young people. It is not just about pulling cricket into PE, but also developing the effect of cricket throughout the curriculum.
The week enables schools across the county to express and showcase events that the local institutions have held and the development of their students.
Essex Cricket provide numerous events for local schools including festivals, leadership days and open-school days when the students are invited to watch a game of first-class cricket. As well as inviting the schools to the Club, Essex County Cricket Club develop role-model statuses for a number of the players by sending members of the playing squad to visit schools.
Christopher Drummond, Schools Cricket Development Manager at The Essex County Cricket Board said;
There are a lot of meet-and-greets planned for later in the week, we’ve got James Foster going out to Loughton and Buckhurst Hill to do some player visits and to give the kids the feeling of what it’s really like to be a first-class cricketer.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity, to give them a role model to base their lives around. To see how they can aspire to come from the back garden all the way to the Essex Eagles. Many of the guys we have in our first-team are born and bred in Essex, so the children get to look up to them. It’s not just necessarily our first-class cricketers, it’s our girls and disability teams also. Who are all showcasing the great work we do in our community – and schools can get involved in that.
“We’ve had chance to shine in Essex for probably gone 10 years now. NCW has got bigger and bigger here and schools really embrace the chance to showcase what they do. It doesn’t matter how big or small the school is, it’s a great initiative to get involved with. But ultimately it’s to enjoy cricket.”
There will be a series of events for a variety of Schools during the Specsavers County Championship match versus Leicestershire at The Essex County Ground.