Thursday 17 July 2008 

Surrey CCC Legend Visits Redhill School

Wednesday 16th July- Former Surrey and England cricketer Alec Stewart was on hand today to host cricket coaching sessions for the pupils of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Redhill. The day was part of Surrey County Cricket Club's community and education programme and was being led by the coaches based at Surrey HQ, The Brit Oval.

The session saw the children take part in ball skill activities and cricket-based games and gave them a real taste of the sport. They also had the chance to meet England's most-capped Test cricketer. After the coaching session Stewart took part in a Q&A session to answer any questions that the children had about cricket and the life of a professional sportsman.

Speaking at the event Alec Stewart said "For me as a former player it's great to see the work that the community coaches do across the county. There are plenty of potential cricket stars of the future in schools like this, so it's important that Surrey gives them the chance to be involved with the sport."

St Joseph's is a two form primary school, with classes from Reception to Year 6. The school has an extensive sports programme and is committed to developing cricket at every level. Surrey County Cricket Club has a well established commitment to the community, charity and the environment.

Partnerships with local schools form part of that commitment.

Surrey County Cricket Club's Community programme also organises having thousands of local children and young people visit the Brit Oval every year to take part in four of the key projects that form the core of the scheme. For example, The Prince's Trust scheme is a 12 week programme that helps to rebuild the lives of underprivileged 16-25 year-olds by restoring confidence and providing new skills.

The Brit HOWZAT project helps children to learn life skills through cricket and giving them the chance to watch a professional match. The ECHO project is run in conjunction with Fulham FC to give key healthy living messages to children through football and cricket coaching and Playing for Success is a ten week after-school programme that partners with local schools and culminates with an awards ceremony attended by Surrey first-team players.