General News | 12th September 2007

170 primary schools team up with Trent Bridge

A record number of Nottinghamshire primary schools are set to benefit from Trent Bridge's Cricket in the Community Scheme this winter.

More than 170 schools have signed up for visits from coaching staff, and it's all designed to create potential cricketers of the future.

Cricket Development Officer Eddie Burke said: "Each school will receive three visits for pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

"Sessions with groups in Years 3 and 4 will focus on the generic physical skills of movement, balance and co-ordination, while Years 5 and 6 will receive cricket-specific coaching on their batting, bowling and fielding.

"Those skills are taught through games and drills designed to ensure the youngsters are all actively involved and having fun, at the same time as putting in place the building blocks of Long Term Athlete Development."

In May it was announced that thousands of children in the county were set to benefit from extra cricket coaching thanks to an extension of the deal between Notts and their official team sponsor PKF.

As part of the new two-year contract signed last winter, the Nottingham-based accountants and business advisers are paying to train new cricket coaches - with the investment doubled thanks to Sportsmatch, the government-funded scheme set up to help fund grass roots and community sports in England.

The money will go towards primary school inset days for teachers, partnership links at grassroots level with local cricket clubs and places on official UKCC coach education courses.

Burke added: "Each year we look to further links with schools and encourage teachers to use cricket within the curriculum.

"With the new equipment and resources now available to them through the funding from PKF, that should become easier to do and increase the development of cricket in schools."

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