Friday 5 January 2007 

Yorkshire CCC And Playing For Success Evening

Playing for Success, the Government funded scheme that delivers out of hours learning at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club to Key Stage 2 & 3 students from local Primary and High Schools in Leeds will hold its first presentation evening at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club on Wednesday 10th January.

The Playing for Success Centre opened at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club in September 2006 and has taken in 120 pupils and raised their achievements in Maths, English and ICT. The centre guides the pupils through a 10-week course with the help of over 70 students from local Universities and Sixth Form Colleges who volunteer every week at the centre to mentor the pupils. The centre comprises 19 PCs, 6 laptops, interactive whiteboard, colour printer, scanner, 2 digital cameras, video camera and a CPS and ‘Optivote’.

Playing for Success has had a marked positive improvement on the children who attend the centre. Students are tested before and after the 10-week learning period in accordance with Government guidance. It has demonstrated that it is extremely effective in providing pupils with the opportunity to fulfil their potential, through innovative teaching and learning styles, with objectives tailored to the needs of each individual.

Playing for Success was launched in 1997 as a Labour initiative to improve Education in a non school environment with just three centres, there are now 154 committed Playing for Success centres in sports clubs across the UK which continue to deliver highly imaginative and innovative programmes to improve pupil’s key skills, motivation and confidence and which inspire and re-engage them to learning back in the classroom.

The Lord Mayor, Chief Executive of Education Leeds Chris Edwards, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Stewart Regan and Education Leeds and Playing for Success staff will attend the presentation for the 120 pupils and mentors.

The children will be presented with their portfolios, sponsored by Bradford & Bingley and certificates by The Yorkshire County Cricket Club batsman Joe Sayers. Special awards will be presented in the categories Most Improved in Maths, English and ICT, Outstanding Achiever Award and Courtesy on Bus Award.

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have kindly donated a complimentary ticket to the fourth day of the England v West Indies Test Match to all of the children in attendance in recognition of the children’s hard work and commitment.


Gillian McGuigan, Yorkshire County Cricket Club