Selworthy students train with First XI players

The second session of this year’s education partnership with Selworthy School took place last week and saw students put through their paces in the indoor Centre of Excellence at the Cooper Associates County Ground with several members of the First XI.

Craig Overton, Dom Bess, Paul van Meekeren and Eddie Byrom were all on hand to help deliver the session alongside Somerset Cricket Board Community Coach, Andrew Skidmore.

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

Selworthy School is a co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged four to 19.

Following the session Selworthy Teacher, Briannie Faull said: “The Educational Partnership with Somerset County Cricket Club provides our learners with opportunities which may not otherwise be available to them.

“In today’s session they were encouraged to develop sports skills in a safe and calm environment. The cricketers interact well with the learners, both when at the cricket ground and in school, regardless of their needs.

“All of our learners benefited today from one on one or group interactions with the cricketers in which they could chat or develop their ball skills. This is always appropriately differentiated for each learner. They are always keen to develop relationships with each member of the school they meet.

“The relationships built with the cricketers provide our learners with aspirational role models outside of their families and members of school staff. Every learner came away from the cricket experience with a smile on their face and were excited to tell their parents and friends.

“It was lovely to see so many learners develop their confidence and interact with adults who are not familiar to them.”

The Somerset players also had a great time at the session. Dom Bess said: “It’s been really good and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun. I came along to a Super 1s session which was awesome and I recognised a few of the players from that today. I’ve really enjoyed myself too.”

Craig Overton said: “It was really good fun. It’s nice to be able to give something back, and to be able to help these children has been great. I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to help them all enjoy the day. It’s so nice to see so many people having a good time.”

Eddie Byrom said: “I’ve done quite a lot of work with Selworthy now and it’s always good to see these kids again. A few recognised me today and that was really nice. I’ve enjoyed building these relationships over the last couple of visits and today was really good fun.”

Over the course of the year, the programme will cover:

  • 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 will visit the school and help to deliver a cricket themed maths session.
  • Literacy– Students will visit the Cooper Associates County Ground 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.

Somerset players will also be attending a special Wold Cup Wow Day at Selworthy School in June.

For more information on Selworthy School please click here

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