Local Schools To Make Record Attempt
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have joined forces with npower and schools from across the county to attempt to set a new world record at Nottingham Racecourse in June.
More than 2000 Nottinghamshire pupils will gather to set the record for the most people playing cricket in the same place at the same time.
The npower Urban Cricket World Record Attempt will see more than 100 simultaneous matches and will be staffed by more than 150 volunteers from an ECB database and workers from Staythorpe Power Station
Clare McDougall, head of npower's education programme said: “It promises to be a great day for all those involved and especially for the 2010 children who will be world record breakers if we are successful.
“Hats off to the team at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club who have put in an amazing amount of work to get this project off the ground.”
Derek Brewer, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club said: “The fact that nobody has previously attempted to host a cricket tournament on this scale underlines the dedication that our community team and npower have put into this project.
“The npower Urban Cricket initiative has already served to introduce thousands of inner-city schools to our sport and this event will only enhance that record.”
Every child that takes part will be given an npower Urban Cricket set, containing a bat, ball and stickers, allowing youngsters to play cricket at any time in any place.
All invited schools have already taken part in the cricket development programmes organised by the club and although there is no cost to the pupils, they will be asked to raise sponsorship for good causes.
CP Sport, a Nottingham based charity which gives people with Cerebral Palsy sporting opportunities is one of the main beneficiaries. The Trent Bridge Community Sports Trust, Nottinghamshire’s charitable arm, will also benefit with funds directed to community projects.