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Another amazing day at Selworthy School

Dom Bess, Jack Brooks, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Ollie Sale and Somerset CCC CEO Andrew Cornish visited Selworthy School again recently as part of the latest phase of our special education programme.

This is the third year of the relationship which sees the two organisations working together to deliver this initiative which is designed to benefit the children at the school.

The Somerset contingent helped the staff at the co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged four to 19, deliver a cricket themed maths session.

After the outdoor session the players and Andrew spent some time in the playground with the students before taking part in a Tacpac session with some students with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Tacpac is a sensory communication resource that uses touch and music to help communication and social skills. It is particularly beneficial for people who have sensory processing difficulties. Tacpac combines the sense of touch and music through social interaction and is delivered via an interaction between two people.

After the session Selworthy teacher, Sarah Bourne said: “It was such a privilege to have the Somerset cricketers come and work with our staff and learners. Their positive attitude and their great interactions with the learners was lovely to observe and I could see how much our learners were benefiting from the session.”

It was a first visit to Selworthy School for Jack Brooks, and he was impressed by what he saw. ” There are so many fantastic people at the school and the energy they bring is brilliant,” he said. “Days like today are one of the most rewarding parts of the job. It certainly puts things in to perspective, and to be able to have a positive impact on children’s lives is fantastic for us.”

Dom Bess said: “Today was awesome. I really enjoy going to Selworthy and it’s great to be able to build a relationship with the children and the staff. It’s great to be able to put a smile on peoples faces.”

Over the course of the year, the programme covers:

  • Healthy eating– Somerset players visited the school and helped to cook lunch.
  • Physical activity – Students visited the Cooper Associates County Ground for fun training sessions in the indoor Centre of Excellence
  • Numeracy– Somerset players visited the school and helped to deliver a cricket themed maths session.
  • Literacy– Students will visit the Cooper Associates County Ground in September and have a tour.  This will be followed by a mock press conference.  The students will then spend the afternoon in a hospitality suite writing a report of their day.

For more information on Selworthy School please click here

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