Cricket Mad Kingsley Kids at the Home of Cricket

CHILDREN from Kingsley CP Primary School enjoyed a special day at Lord's on June 16, meeting the England Women's cricket team, Ashes legend Simon Jones and TV presenter and host Mark Nicholas.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Chance to Shine opened the gates at Lord's for a day that had a range of cricketing and educational opportunities across the Ground, including the chance to play on the main outfield and cooking lessons in the Lord's kitchens.

County Under 11 representative Ben Ainsworth won a bowling competition on the hallowed turf and a total of 23 lucky children, their teachers and coaches from Cheshire Cricket Board had a chance to visit the dressing rooms, the media centre and spend time playing on the world's most famous cricket ground.

Kingsley were one of only a handful of schools from outside London to successfully secure a place at the prestigious event, with support from the Cheshire Cricket Board.

The school has an extensive programme of cricket coaching and recently finished first and second in the local schools Kwik Cricket competition, qualifying for the County Finals at Warrington CC.

Kingsley PE coordinator Amanda Dorrell added: "This was the chance of a lifetime and our children thoroughly enjoyed their chance to play cricket at such an iconic venue."

Head Teacher Sarah Harrison added: "Cricket is an important part of our PE programme for both boys and girls.

"The Spirit of Cricket message is at the heart of what we do as we practice, compete and enjoy sport at our school, and we would like to thank the MCC, Chance to Shine and the Cheshire Cricket Board for making this happen for us."

Some feedback from the children:

"I had an awesome day at Lord's and loved every minute of it. I really want to do it again next year please!" - Ben Ainsworth

"Meeting the women's England Cricket team was amazing" - Daisy Marsh

"I loved cooking with the head chef at Lord's, and I loved the cakes" - Jessica Morgon

"I really enjoyed my day at Lord's and meeting all the players was amazing. I hope they do it next year as it will inspire young children" - Robert Jones