Hampshire cricketers, Kabir Ali, David Balcombe, Johann Myburgh and Adam Rouse helped Sainsbury’s Hedge End launch their Active Kids 2011 campaign by holding a free cricket coaching session at The Rose Bowl with children from Kane’s Hill Primary School on Thursday 17th February.
Fourteen lucky children got a bespoke session from the county’s top cricketers and were even given complimentary tickets to the Hampshire Royals’ opening Clydesdale Bank 40 match against defending champions, Warwickshire at The Rose Bowl on Sunday 24th April.
It was all done with the aim of to help raise awareness of Active Kids which, in the seven years since it began, has donated more than £100m worth of sporting equipment to 40,000 organisations including nurseries, schools, Scout and Guide groups and Sports clubs.
Sainsbury’s Hedge End Deputy Manager, Chris Robinson said; “I’m absolutely delighted with how today has gone. Having International-calibre Hampshire players here to help and support the youngsters from Kane’s Hill Primary School has been an inspiration for them and a great way to launch Sainsbury’s Active Kids campaign.”
Hampshire player, David Balcombe said; “Having done coaching courses before, I know how important it is for players in my position to get involved in the community. Active Kids is a fantastic campaign and one we’re proud to support. Hopefully, when these guys redeem their CB40 tickets this season, they’ll be even more inspired to take up the game and we could see some of these guys being the Hampshire stars of the future!”