Third year of Selworthy School partnership off to a great start

Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to be able to announce that our education partnership with Selworthy School will be continuing in 2019.

This is the third year of the relationship which sees the two organisations working together to deliver a programme designed to benefit the children at the school.

Selworthy School is a co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 4 – 19.

This year’s initiative was launched this week when Roelof van der Merwe, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby and SCCC CEO Andrew Cornish visited the school to help deliver the healthy eating element of the programme.

The morning began with the Somerset contingent joining students in the kitchen to help cook a healthy lunch for their classmates. They then joined the learners in the dining hall for lunch.

Following a tour of the school, Roelof, Eddie, Tom and Andrew spent some time reading to some students and taking part in a music class.

In the afternoon it was back to the kitchen for some more cooking after which the players and CEO took an active role in the school assembly and were taught how to sign the lyrics to a song that the children are currently learning.

The day finished with a special karaoke version of a Little Mix song.

Louise Smales-Cresswell of Selworthy School said: “It was great to see the players engaging with all of our learners regardless of their disability. There were some fantastic interactions throughout the day, and to see the smiles on everyone’s faces is what this partnership is all about.”

At the end of the day Roelof said: “Today has been a great experience, and days like this certainly put things in to perspective. To see what the kids, teachers and carers do here on a daily basis was a special experience.”

Eddie has been involved with the initiative in previous years and enjoyed returning to the school. “It was god to be here again,” he said. “The work they do at the school is great and it was really nice to see some familiar happy faces. I really enjoyed it again.”

It was Tom’s first visit to the school and he was impressed by what he saw. “It’s been an amazing day,” he said. “To see the good work that they do here to ensure that the kids enjoy their schooling and education was incredible. It was an extremely heart-warming experience.”

Since arriving at Somerset last year, Andrew has taken an active role in the Club’s community engagement work. Following the visit he said: “It’s been an amazing day and I’ve been completely blown away by what I’ve seen. To spend the whole day here and witness the sheer logistical daily operation is amazing. The teachers and carers are incredible and there were so many smiling faces and happy children. It was really heart-warming and incredibly humbling. It’s been a wonderful day and one that will stay with me for a very long time.”

Over the course of the year, the programme will cover:

  • Healthy eating– Somerset players visited the school and helped to cook lunch.
  • 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.
  • Physical activity – Students will visit the Cooper Associates County Ground and have fun training sessions in the indoor Centre of Excellence

For more information on Selworthy School please click here

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