Somerset CCC team up with Selworthy School: Part Four
The fourth and final session of this year’s special education partnership with Selworthy School took place this week.
This session saw a number of students take part in the literacy element of the four part programme.
Learners and staff from the school were given a guided tour of the Cooper Associates County Ground and were shown some of the sights that not many people get to see.
The tour began in the Andrew Caddick Pavilion where they met some of the players and were given a run-through of all the gym equipment by Head of Strength & Conditioning Darren Veness.
The students were then given a guided tour of the Somerset Cricket Museum by curator David Wood.
After the visit to the museum it was off to the Hall of Fame to see the pictures of the greatest players in the Club’s history. The students then watched the players netting on the pitch before being taken up to the Media Centre.
Students and staff then ate their lunch in a hospitality suite before taking on the role of journalists at a special press conference where they interviewed Johann Myburgh and Eddie Byrom.
The afternoon was then spent writing up a report of their day for the school paper before they met Western Storm General Manager Lisa Pagett who showed them the Kia Super League trophy.
Selworthy School Teaching Assistant Jane Rowsell said: “We’ve had a fantastic day looking around the ground and learning about all the different roles at the Club. The press conference gave our learners a unique opportunity to interview some of the players which gave them the chance to practice a variety of skills.”
Spencer Bishop from Somerset CCC who organised the day said: “Once again we have had a fantastic day withe the learners and staff from Selworthy School. The whole programme has been a great experience for all involved and this was a great way to conclude our four stage plan. The students asked Johann and Eddie some great questions and I think the school might have a few budding journalists on their hands.
“All the players who have been involved in this programme have really taken something from it and the children seem to have enjoyed themselves too. It really has been a win-win situation for both organisations.”
Selworthy School is a co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 4 to 19.
The partnership developed between Somerset County Cricket Club and Selworthy School covered a total of four topics during the course of the year and these were:
- Healthy eating – Chris Rogers, Ryan Davies and Paul van Meekeren visited the school and helped the students to cook a healthy lunch.
- Numeracy – Tom Abell and Ryan Davies helped to deliver a cricket themed maths session and took an active role in the school assembly.
- Physical activity – Students visited the Cooper Associates County Ground and took part in a fun training session in the Centre of Excellence.
- Literacy – Students visited the Cooper Associates County Ground and have a tour. This was followed by a press conference with Johann Myburgh and Eddie Byrom. The students then spent the afternoon in a hospitality suite writing a report of their day.
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