We are now into the third week of an eight week All Stars Cricket programme at Orford Jubilee Hub.
These one-hour, fun cricket-based activity sessions for children from Reception to Year two are engaging approximately 25 boys and girls from 3-4 local schools in the Orford area. Each session involves a fun physically active warm up followed by 3 different 15-minute activities based around the fundamental cricket skills of bowling, batting and fielding.The sessions start at 5pm, operate for an hour and have been run in partnership by the Warrington School Games Programme and Cheshire Cricket Board. Further support has come from Livewire and on the day help from St Ann’s CE Primary School and university volunteers. Each participant has received their very own bat, ball, bag, and t-shirt which they wear when they attend each session. We ask every parent or guardian that brings their child to the sessions to actively participate with their child/children to encourage further physical activity outside of the sessions.
A big thank you to ECB and the Funds for Runs Scheme who have made this opportunity happen within the Orford area by allowing us to bid for a grant that allows all the children to attend each session and receive the equipment FREE of charge. Many thanks to Andrew Jackson (our Cheshire Cricket Board representative) who has delivered workshops in the local schools to promote the All Stars programme. A big thank you to Stephen Cartledge from St Ann’s CE Primary School and Rebecca Greenwood for supporting the project and coming down to the sessions to help coach.
Our next issue is how to sustain this activity after the 8-week programme finishes. We have parents asking what happens next, so if any stakeholders want to engage in a fun cricket based activity programme and have links to funding streams, are willing to take on running this activity for the local community or have any other ideas how we can keep this activity going please contact Colin at email@example.com .