GORSE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL BECOMES LORD'S FOR THE DAY

GORSE Hall Primary School became Lord's for the afternoon when the school playground was transformed into the 'Home of Cricket' for a mini version of the World Cup.
Excited pupils at the Stalybridge School braved the cold winter snap to participate in an intra-cricket tournament, when all eyes were on the top prize the MCC Spirit of Cricket Trophy.
The year six children were divided into their respective houses - Tame, Astley, Cheetham and Stamford - for the Chance to Shine competition which took place prior to the Christmas break.
The format was a modified version of Kwik Cricket, with batters rotating every few balls to ensure maximum activity levels on a bright but bitterly cold afternoon. The standard of throwing and striking was extremely high throughout, with the children demonstrating skills they had grooved during several weeks of curriculum coaching from Cheshire Cricket Board Coaching and Development Officer Gareth Moorhouse.
The competition was played in fantastic spirit throughout, with Cheetham emerging the overall winners thanks to their 100 per cent record. Year six teacher Lisa Williams, who umpired on pitch one (dubbed Lord's by the children) was hugely impressed with the standard of play.
Lisa said: "It was great to have the entire year six playing cricket together on the playground, and they didn't seem to mind it was the middle of winter!
"We have been fortunate to benefit from the coaching provided by Chance to Shine and are extremely grateful to have Gareth working in the school.
"There is now a culture of cricket at Gorse Hall, with the children looking forward to PE lessons and building towards the Kwik Cricket competitions in the summer term.
"Having the Spirit of Cricket Trophy to play for gave the children something extra to aim for, and their attitude was brilliant throughout." She added: "Congratulations to Cheetham House on their hard-earned victory and well done to everyone who took part."


Chance to Shine Tameside project manager Gareth Moorhouse described the intra cricket event as a 'big success' and has vowed to replicate the tournament in other Tameside schools.
He said: "Gorse Hall have really bought into the message of Chance to Shine and the staff members have encouraged participation amongst all the pupils.
"It's our aim to give every child an opportunity to play cricket and to create competitive opportunities both inside and outside the school.
"Thanks to the ongoing funding from the Cricket Foundation, we are able to deliver a comprehensive programme in Tameside which will total more than 500 hours this academic year.
"The reaction from new Chance to Shine schools has been extremely positive and this can only bode well for the future of cricket in the area."


For more information visit Chance to Shine.