Schools Day a big success once again

Tuesday’s Royal London One-Day Cup match against Sussex at the Cooper Associates County Ground saw our sixth annual Schools Day take place.

Nearly 1000 youngsters from 26 schools from across the region attended the game and provided quite a spectacle as they populated three blocks of the Somerset Stand, cheering every boundary and every wicket which created a real atmosphere among the crowd.

All pupils received an activity booklet when they arrived at the Ground which consisted of a treasure hunt and some simple games.

Cricket based activities took place in the Indoor Centre of Excellence throughout the day and our inflatable cricket nets were also in place outside the Somerset Cricket Museum.

Somerset and England spinner Jack Leach was also on hand to take part in a number of signing sessions.

During the interval between the innings all of the schools joined together and took part in a parade on the outfield before gathering in front of the Marcus Trescothick Stand.

At 2.30pm, along with everyone else in the ground, the pupils all joined in with the minute of silence in memory of those affected by the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.

Reflecting on the event, Scott Chappell, the Youth Development Manager at Somerset Cricket Board said: “The day was a great success and we were blessed with perfect weather. To see so many young people enjoying the match and the cricket-based activities was fantastic.

“it’s so important that young people from across the region get the chance to participate in the game and see top quality sporting action. Tuesday may well have been the first time that a lot of these children had been to a live sporting event. Hopefully they will have enjoyed it so much that they will come back again or want to start playing the game.

“I would also like to thank the County Club, Chance to Shine and all of our coaches who helped us to deliver what was once again a tremendously successful event.”

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