Wednesday 4 June 2008 

Surrey Stars Go Back To School In Sutton

Surrey County Cricket Club players Pedro Collins and Matt Nicholson were both on hand yesterday to take part in some cricket coaching sessions at Westbourne Primary School in Sutton. The day was part of Surrey County Cricket Club’s community programme and was being led by the Club’s community coaches

The visit gave the pupils the chance to have a taste of cricket and take part in ball skill activities and cricket-based games. They also had the chance to meet two of the county’s top cricketers. After the coaching session the players 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 Matthew Nicholson said ‘For me as a player it’s great to see the work that the community coaches do across Surrey. There are so many potential cricket stars of the future in schools like this, so it’s important that clubs like Surrey give them a chance to be involved with the sport.’

Westbourne Primary School in Sutton is for children aged from four to eleven and also has a nursery class for pre-school pupils. The school has extensive sports programme and is commited 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. Brit Insurance has been able to support the Club’s vision of spreading cricket into all corners of the county by contributing £3,000 per school per year to their Playground Markings scheme which has benefited fifteen schools across the county.

With the brightly coloured markings and wall targets, the scheme provides a cost-effective way of transforming an outdoor space into a fun and vibrant environment fit for playing cricket, and a variety of other games.