School of the Month Competition a great success

Somerset County Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Board have launched a new initiative this year in a bid to find the primary schools who most value cricket and the skills that it teaches.

SCCC and SCB want to recognise and reward schools who, amongst other things:

  • use cricket within their curriculum
  • run lunchtime or after school clubs
  • use cricket in their class rooms
  • run competitions within school

Each month the winning school is picked by a panel at the SCB and that school receives:

  • a coching session in the Centre of Cricketing Excellence
  • a behind the scenes tour of the Cooper Associates County Ground
  • a Q&A session with a member of Somerset County Cricket Club’s squad

The winning schools so far have been:

  • Curry Mallet Church of England VC Primary School
  • Huish Episcopi Primary School
  • West Chinnock VA Primary School

Club Captain Tom Abell and opening batsman Eddie Byrom have been on hand to deliver the Q&A sessions for the winning schools so far.

A teacher at Curry Mallet Church of England VC Primary School said: “It was an excellent afternoon, well organised, very informative and very enjoyable. The staff pitched it at exactly the right level for the children both during the tour of the ground and the practical sessions. They all had a lot of fun. Tom Abell was fantastic with the children and they loved meeting him. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to others.”

Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mandy Ramwell of Huish Episcopi Primary School, said: “What a great experience for the children! They thoroughly enjoyed the coaching session, asked numerous questions and were interested to find out what goes on behind the scenes. It was fantastic to see all the children so enthusiastic!”

Schools can be nominated by head teachers, teachers, parents, governors, coaches or anyone else who feels that their school deserves recognition.

To nominate your school just email with a paragraph on why your school deserves to be Somerset Cricket School of the Month.

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