This week saw the announcement of the winners of our Women’s IT20 series schools presentation competition.

Six schools were selected at random from all those that applied to take part and they were then allocated either England, South Africa or New Zealand to study. The schools were then asked to create a 10-minute presentation on that country.

The title of the presentation was: “The Culture of Cricket” and the schools were encouraged to cover a number of aspects including: history, geography, religion, exports, culture, cricket history and importance of the sport within the community.

The presentations were made on Wednesday in the Long Room at the Cooper Associates County Ground to a panel made up of: Somerset County Cricket Club’s Chief Commercial Officer, SCCC’s Media & Community Executive and Somerset Cricket Board’s Youth Development Manager.

The schools who took part were:

  • Milford Junior School, Yeovil
  • Greenfylde First School, Ilminster
  • Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar
  • West Chinnock Primary School, Crewkerne
  • Kingsmoor Primary School, Bawdrip
  • St Paul’s Junior School, Shepton Mallet

On the day the schools also received a coaching session, went on a guided tour of the Cooper Associates County Ground and took part in an extensive Q&A session with Club Captain, Tom Abell and batsman Johann Myburgh.

At the end of the day the judging panel were unable to pick one clear winner and it was announced that the prize would be shared between St Paul’s Junior School and Greenfylde First School.

All six schools received 35 tickets to the Women’s IT20 Tri-Series matches between South Africa and New Zealand plus England v South Africa on Wednesday June 20th plus two tickets for each member of the winning team (plus five staff tickets) for the Vitality Blast fixture between Somerset and Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground on August 1st.

The winning schools also recieved a trophy and will act as the guard of honour at a match at the Cooper Associates County Ground during the summer.

Assistant Head Teacher of St Paul’s Junior School, David Fingleton said: “It’s been an amazing experience for the children to be able to come here, meet the players and have a tour of the ground. The presentations that all of the schools did were fantastic and of course I’m over the moon that we are one of the winners. The opportunity for the children to be the guard of honour is a once in a lifetime chance.”

Wyn Nakayama, year four teacher at Greenfyld First School said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for the children. They got so much out of the coaching session, seeing the ground and meeting the players. They’ve had a fantastic day and I think they’ll remember it forever.”

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