Somerset CCC team up with Selworthy School: Part Two

The second part of our education programme with Selworthy School took place this week.

As part of the initiative Club Captain Tom Abell and Ryan Davies visited the school on Monday and helped to deliver a maths based cricket session before taking an active role in the end of day assembly choir.

Selworthy School is a co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 4 to 19 and we have teamed up with them to create a special four-point educational plan.

During the afternoon the children playing cricket with Tom whilst keeping a tally of the runs, wickets and balls.  The students also measured how far they had hit the ball and took part in a challenge where they added up the points they scored in a throwing challenge run by Ryan.

After the cricket session the players spent some time with the students in the class room.  They were then taught sign language for a number of songs by the children before performing them in front of the assembly.

After the event Tom said: “It was an incredible day.  Meeting the children and seeing the smiles on their faces whilst they were hitting a ball about was massively inspirational.  It was really uplifting to see everyone having so much fun.  This sort of thing is what it’s all about.  It’s great to be able to give something back.  We are hugely privileged to be able to play cricket every day so to be able to give a little bit back is really important.”

Ryan has been a regular visitor to Selworthy School since joining Somerset and has enjoyed the time he has spent there.  “It was good fun again today,” he said.  “It’s always good fun and really enjoyable.  To see the kids having a good time whilst playing some cricket with maths linked in was great.  To be at the front of the assembly singing songs was a little outside the comfort zone but it was really good fun.  You can see how much the kids love the school as they always seem to leave happy just like I do every time I go there.  I always feel like I really get something out of these trips and the people who work there are an inspiration.”

Selworthy School Head Teacher Mark Ruffett said: “It was a great honour to have the Somerset Captain visiting the school.  The learners loved the chance to mix cricket with maths.  Both Tom and Ryan were fantastic with the learners and staff and we cannot wait for them to visit again.”

The partnership developed between the two organisations 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 recently and help the students to cook a healthy lunch.
  • Numeracy – Tom Abell and Ryan Davies helped 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.
  • Physical activity – Students will visit the Cooper Associates County Ground and have an hour long fun training session in the indoor Centre of Excellence.

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