New Zealand and West Indies work with local schools

As part of the ICC’s Cricket for Good initiative New Zealand and the West Indies took part in special coaching clinics this week with some local schools.

The sessions were held in conjunction with Chance to Shine and UNICEF and are designed to use cricket to help transform the lives of children and families worldwide.

On Monday children from Curry Mallet School were put through their paces by members of the New Zealand Women’s squad whilst the West Indies Women worked with Enmore School Primary School on Tuesday.

Both sessions were held at the County Ground, Taunton and have been hailed as a great success.

Following the session with Curry Mallet School, New Zealand spinner Anna Peterson said: “Events like these are massive. Without things like Cricket for Good, our sport simply wouldn’t grow. It’s a fantastic initiative that helps our game in an amazing way.

“It’s been epic fun today, just watching the kids enjoying themselves shows what an unbelievable sport this is. It’s been a fantastic day; the children have been really getting into it and there’s some quite good players here too.”

“This is one of the main reasons why we get into cricket, to be able to teach the children how to play. It puts a smile on our faces. I love the coaching side of things, it’s a brilliant part of the game and helping to bring cricket to more children is crucial to keeping the game going.

“For me to be able to give something back to the game I love is really fulfilling and I hope that the children here today continue to play the game. That would be a great achievement. It’s one of the best sports in the world. You are taught so many life skills from it, how to work in a team, how to manage people, how to take responsibility – these are all things that can be applied in everyday life.”

West Indies all rounder Chedean Nation thoroughly enjoyed their coaching clinic with Enmore Primary School. “It has been an unbelievable day and the children have been amazing,” she said. “Many of them are better than I was at that age, so we could be seeing some stars of the future here. I think this is a really great day for the team, it’s a great chance to bring everyone together and help us to rebuild confidence.

“We know we haven’t had the greatest tournament so far but it’s great to come down here and give something back to the children. It’s a great feeling to bring the game of cricket to as many people as possible and that’s what we’re trying to achieve.

“It’s fundamental that we continue to help introduce the sport to more children across the world.

“If you put your mind to it you can be the best in world and that’s the beauty of cricket, anyone can play it if they put their mind to it. We had a lot of girls as well as boys at Taunton which just goes to show how much the game is expanding.”

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