Award winning partnership continues
Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that our award winning partnership with Selworthy School will be continuing in 2020.
Our partnership with the school was launched in 2017 and was one of the key elements behind the Club being awarded the Community Engagement Impact Award (First Class Cricket Venue) at the ECB’s Business of Cricket Awards.
Selworthy School is a co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 4 – 19 and the partnership sees the two organisations working together to deliver a programme specifically designed to benefit the children at the school.
This year’s initiative was launched last week when Jack Brooks, Nathan Gilchrist and Sam Young visited the school to help deliver the healthy eating element of the programme. They were also joined by Andrew Skidmore from Somerset Cricket Board.
The morning began with the Somerset players being given a tour of the new Hazelbrook campus before they joined the students in the kitchen to help cook a healthy lunch. They then joined the learners for lunch.
After lunch the players traveled to the Oakhill campus where they took part in some messy baking with a class before being shown around the grounds and spending some time in the classrooms.
The day ended with assembly and choir.
At the end of the day Selworthy School teacher, Rob Hine said: “It was an absolute pleasure to host everyone from the Cricket Club at our both new Hazelbrook site and Oakhill campus once again. It has been an invaluable experience for all involved and it’s an exciting prospect to be carrying on our partnership for a forth consecutive year.
“Healthy eating is a key focal point in what we are trying to promote to all of our learners and the wider community. Having the support of these fantastic lads to inspire our children is delightful to see.
“I witnessed some lovely interactions between the players and learners. They fitted into their role gracefully and fed back about the insightful experience they had. A key highlight was the learners and players socialising around the table together whilst eating their final product and the large quantities of dough and flour which went everywhere during our messy cooking session!”
Jack Brooks was involved in the project last year and was happy to attend the first session this year. “This is my third visit to the school and it’s been really good fun,” he said. “It’s always really rewarding coming here and it’s important to give something back and to be involved in projects like this. It’s great for the Club to be doing initiatives like this.”
It was Sam Young’s first visit to Selworthy School and he was impressed by what he saw. “It was an amazing experience,” he said. “The kids were amazing and it’s definitely a day that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
It was also Nathan’s first experience of Selworthy School. “Everyone clearly puts so much effort in to helping the kids with their education,” he said. “It was really great to see.”
SCCC Media and Community Executive Spencer Bishop, who organises the project said: “It’s great that we will be working with Selworthy School again this year. The feedback that we have received from teachers and parents is that this initiative is genuinely benefiting the children and that is what this partnership is all about.
“The staff at Selworthy do a truly outstanding job and the children are a pleasure to work with. Once again I can’t speak highly enough of our players. Jack, Sam and Nathan were outstanding on the day. They completely immersed themselves in the sessions and engaged brilliantly with the children.
“I would also like to thank Andrew Skidmore from the Somerset Cricket Board. He plays a valuable role within this project and the rapport that he has developed with the learners is exceptional.”
Over the course of the year, the programme will cover:
- Healthy eating– Somerset players visited the school and helped to cook lunch.
- Physical activity – Students will visit the Cooper Associates County Ground and have fun training sessions in the indoor Centre of Excellence.
- Numeracy– Somerset players will visit the school and help 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.
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