Hundreds of children inspired by Somerset Cricket Foundation

Somerset Cricket Foundation and Somerset County Cricket Club teamed up this week to give 450 children from across the County the chance to make memories and follow in the footsteps of their heroes by playing on the pitch at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

On Monday afternoon, 300 children from 12 schools took part in a Key Stage One festival.

As well as enjoying their time on the field, the players were joined by Somerset Club Captain, Tom Abell and fast bowler Ned Leonard. The Somerset stars took the time to mix with the children and give them the benefit of their expertise.

Following the successful event, Somerset Cricket Foundation’s Schools & Coaching Manager, Scott Chappell said: “It was incredible to see 300 young children on the ground practising their cricket skills and having a fantastic time. To have Tom Abell and Ned Leonard taking part with them was great and the participants will all have left inspired and with memories that will last a lifetime.”

Miss Darch, Sports Activity Lead at Primrose Lane Primary School, was one of those in attendance and she was impressed by the event. “Thank you so much for organising a great event! The children loved it!”

Just 24 hours later, the venue staged the U13 and U15 Boys and Girls Chance to Shine 8 a-side School County Finals.

This event saw 150 pupils from 11 different school battle it out for glory at the home of Somerset County Cricket Club.

Following some exciting and close competition the winners were as follows:

U13 Girls – Holyrood Academy, Chard

U13 Boys – The Blue School, Wells

U15 Girls – Holyrood Academy, Chard

U15 Boys – The Castle School, Taunton

Somerset bowlers Jack Brooks and Josh Davey were on hand to present the trophies and awards at the conclusion of this superb event.

At the close of play, Scott Chappell said: “Hosting the County Finals at the Cooper Associates County Ground made it a really special event and gave the pupils an incredible opportunity to play where their heroes do, Having the medals and trophies presented by Josh and Jack capped off a fantastic afternoon.”

Mr Jones of The Castle School added: “What an incredible experience for the pupils to play on the ground. They have had a brilliant time and will be talking about today for a long time.”

The Somerset Cricket Foundation exists to support, grow and diversify grassroots cricket as well as to use the power of cricket to develop communities and make a positive difference to people’s lives.

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