Our fourth annual Schools Day was once again a great success.
Over 1300 children from more than 30 schools attended Monday’s Women’s ODI between England and Pakistan at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
As well as enjoying the international cricket action the children all took part in a number of cricket and sports based activities throughout the day. They even got to see how cricket bats are made during a demonstration by the staff at Millichamp & Hall. Students also visited the Somerset Cricket Museum and Somerset County Sports.
The event was organised by Somerset County Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Board and the highlight of the day occurred during the interval when all the children were invited on to the pitch for a lap of honour.
Looking back on the event Somerset CEO Guy Lavender said: “This is the fourth year that we have held Schools Day and it’s always one of the highlights of the season. The atmosphere that the children created was fantastic and I know that the England players were really impressed by it. Hopefully the experience of the day will encourage many of these children to participate in the game and who knows, they could go on to become the next Marcus Trescothick or Anya Shrubsole.”
The Somerset Cricket Board Schools and Disability Development Officer Edgar Herridge was delighted by how well the event was received. “This was our largest Schools Day yet and pupils and staff alike were treated to some fantastic cricket by the England and Pakistan Women’s teams. Tammy Beaumont’s unbeaten 168 and Katherine Brunt’s 5 wicket haul proved to be highlights of the day and thanks to clap-it boards and face-paints, the Somerset stand quickly became a sea of colour and noise.
“National Cricket Charity Chance to Shine is a key partner of our Schools’ Day and their cricket coaches were on hand to give pupils plenty of opportunities to have a go at catching, bowling and giving the ball a whack! Meanwhile Bridgwater College provided every pupil with their own goody-bag and hosted further activities for pupils to test their cricket fitness. ECB Partner, Waitrose also provided children with the opportunity to create and blend their own smoothies… by pedal power!
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and all the schools who helped to make the day such a success.”