3,500 Children Descend On Emirates Old Trafford For The Annual Schools Open Day
OVER 3,500 pupils and school teachers from over 80 primary schools across the North West descended on Emirates Old Trafford for Day Two of Lancashire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire last week.
The Schools Open Day, now in its fourth year, is part of the Lancashire Way project, which is a joint initiative between Lancashire County Cricket Club, the LCCC Foundation and the Lancashire Cricket Board and aims to promote inclusivity and to raise both interest and participation levels in cricket throughout the North West.
As well as getting to watch top cricket action involving the league leaders, the schoolchildren were able to take part in a range of fun activities including a climbing wall, go-karts, an interactive Fire Engine, bowling and catching inflatables in a specially-created ‘Activity Zone’ provided and staffed by a range of community and voluntary organisations.
Several lucky schools were also given the opportunity to perform a Guard of Honour prior to the start of the morning session and to play Kwik Cricket on the outfield during the intervals; an experience they will never forget.
Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson said: “It is great to see so many kids here to watch county cricket. Anything which brings children into the game is great, and they get to experience a fantastic venue like Emirates Old Trafford and some really good cricket.”
Sandy Mitchell, Head of Community Development for the LCCC Foundation said “Now in its fourth year this annual mass participation event provides young people with the opportunity to experience first class cricket in a world class facility combined with a range of fun, physical and educational activities all designed to highlight the best of everything the Red Rose has to offer. I would like to thank every single pupil, teacher and school who attended and all the organisations that supported the event, next year it will be even bigger and better!”
The LCCC Foundation is an independent & registered charity working with schools & community groups to develop and deliver a range of Education, Health, Community Cohesion & Cricket Development projects, programmes & events designed to ‘inspire communities through cricket’. Established in 2011 as the official charity of Lancashire County Cricket Club the LCCC Foundation uses the inspirational setting of Emirates Old Trafford to provide high quality positive experiences that make a real difference to the lives of local people. For more information www.lcccfoundation.co.uk