Somerset CCC team up with Selworthy School: Part Three

The third element of our four-part education programme with Selworthy School took place last week.

The latest phase of the initiative saw nearly 30 learners take part in a two-hour fun cricket session in our Centre of Excellence.

Max Waller, Roelof van der Merwe and Dom Bess were all on hand to help Somerset Cricket Board Community Coach Andrew Skidmore deliver the session which focused on all the key areas of the sport.


After the session Roelof said: “It was really good today and the kids seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully they got a taste of what cricket’s about but it was more about the fun. I certainly enjoyed it immensely.”

Max enjoyed himself as well. “I had a really good time too,” he said. “The aim of the day was for the kids to have lots of fun and I think they did that. Events like this are so important and it’s vital that we play a major role in the local community.”

Dom Bess said: “This was my first session with the guys from the school and it was really nice to get involved. It was good fun and we certainly all enjoyed it.”

Kerri Ginnevan is a Teaching Assistant at Selworthy School and was delighted by how the session went. “It was amazing,” she said. “All the learners really enjoyed themselves. The cricketers all got really involved and were amazing with our learners. It was an brilliant day and days like this are massively important.”

Secondary Phase Leader at the school Rob Hine said: “It’s been fantastic. It was brilliant to see the players really helping out and it’s been a delightful experience. A number of our learners have real motivation to play cricket and get real pleasure from it. To see those skills flourish is lovely to see.”

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 will cover a total of four topics during the course of the year and these are:

  • 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.
  • Physical activity – Students visited the Cooper Associates County Ground and took part in a fun training session in the Centre of Excellence.
  • 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.

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