Famous cricketers visit Spofforth School for National Cricket Week Festival

Two very special guests joined the pupils of Spofforth Primary for a Festival of Cricket on the penultimate day of Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week. On Thursday 22nd June James Taylor and Charlotte Edwards hosted a full day of cricket activities at the with Yorkshire Tea and national cricket , Chance to Shine.

To kick off the day, Charlotte Edwards, former England Women’s Cricket captain, led an MCC Spirit of Cricket assembly that culminated in an exciting bowl-off. The assembly introduced the children to the values of hard work, fair play and respect that are vital to the integrity of the sport.

Next on the agenda was a Junior Journalist workshop with Year 5 and 6 students where they were given an opportunity to draft an article about their ‘favourite cricketing moment’. Charlotte mentored students on sports reporting skills including interview techniques.

 

Former England Womens Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards mentors year 5 and 6 children in a Junior Journalist workshop
Former England Womens Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards mentors year 5 and 6 children in a Junior Journalist workshop

 

Former England Cricketer James Taylor at Spofforth Cricket Club
Former England Cricketer James Taylor at Spofforth Cricket Club

 

Finally, the pupils welcomed former England cricketer, James Taylor, for an afternoon of activity. James took the school down to Spofforth Cricket Club for a coaching session before allowing them to put their newfound journalistic skills to the test with a Q&A. James, who was forced to retire from cricket in 2016 due to a serious heart condition, answered questions about cricket, discussing his health problems and how the lessons learnt from cricket helped him to overcome them.

 

 

Speaking at the , James Taylor said: What a day we’ve had at the Festival of Cricket. Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is a proper opportunity for schools to inspire pupils through the power of cricket and I’m proud to have been a part of it today.

 

Former England Cricketer James Taylor and Former England Womens-Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards
Former England Cricketer James Taylor and Former England Womens-Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards

 

Children staff coaches and James Taylor
Children staff coaches and James Taylor

 

 

Laura Burton, Senior Brand Manager at Yorkshire Tea added: Every year we visit schools all over the country as part of National Cricket Week so it’s very exciting to have hosted an event in our home town of today. Thank you to James, Charlotte, Chance to Shine and the staff and pupils at Spofforth for an amazing day.

 

The-Winning-Team-Celebrates-after-an-epic-bowl-off
The Winning Team Celebrates after an epic bowl off

 

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Spofforth Primary School children

 

 

Spofforth-Primary-School-children
Spofforth Primary School children

 

Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is a week of cricket-themed activity – in class and in the playground – for thousands of state schools across England and Wales. The week showcases the ongoing work of national cricket charity, Chance to Shine.

To find out more go to www.chancetoshine.org

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  1. What an amazing day for all the pupils. Such a great range of experiences and what a chance to meet two superb role models. We are all so grateful to James, Charlotte and everyone at Taylors and Chance to Shine. Many of the children were overheard saying ‘This is the best of my life’.
    The children were superb – well done to all of you.
    Mr Griffiths – Head Teacher – Federation of Follifoot & Spofforth CE Primary Schools

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