World Cup School Presentation Winners Announced

Somerset County Cricket Club, Somerset Cricket Board and Chance to Shine are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the World Cup Schools Presentation Competition.

Six schools were selected at random from all those that applied to take part and they were then allocated one of the six nations who will be appearing at the County Ground, Taunton in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. 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 in the County 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, Somerset Cricket Board’s Youth Development Manager and Chance to Shine’s Operations Manager.

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 Tim Groenewald. Each school also received tickets for the Somerset v Sussex Sharks Vitality Blast match.

At the end of the day the judging panel announced that the winning school was Swanmead Community School for their excellent project on Afghanistan.

As winners of the competition, Swanmead received a trophy and will act as the Guard of Honour for the Somerset v Sussex Sharks match on July 28th. They will also attend a Chance to Shine Open Day at Lord’s later in the year.

Harriet Kelly of Swanmead said: “Our pupils had a brilliant day and learnt a great deal through researching Afghanistan. They really enjoyed the tour and the coaching session and are now looking forward to going to Lords and being the guard of honour at a Somerset match!”

Somerset Cricket Board Youth Development Manager, Scott Chappell said: “Once again the standard of the presentations was extremely high, and it was fascinating to see how each school went about the task so differently.

“This initiative is about getting children active but also about using cricket as a tool for learning. Hopefully we have been able to open their eyes to some new experiences and some new cultures.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chance to Shine for offering a place on their Lord’s Open Day as part of the prize.”

The other schools to make it to the final were: St John’s Primary, Oakfield Academy, Catcott Primary, East Coker Primary, North Town Primary.

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