KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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More than 450 children from state schools across London, and six Chinese cricketers, lived out a dream of playing at Lord's as part of MCC's Capital Kids Cricket day.
The Lord's outfield was swamped with young cricket enthusiasts for the 12th year in a row, as MCC once again opened its doors to the Capital Kids project (opens in a new window), which in 2012 will facilitate more than 100,000 children playing the game in London's state primary and secondary schools.
This year's trip to the Home of Cricket also had a twist, with the presence of six cricketers from China helping coach the youngsters from London.
Lyca Mobile have sponsored the six boys and girls, all of whom have represented the China national team, on a two month trip to England, and Capital Kids have helped them gain valuable coaching experience.
The Chinese players have also visited Lord's for the first Test match against the West Indies, met the England squad, and are honing their skills by playing for local clubs during the stay.
Since its inception in 1990, Capital Kids - the brainchild of MCC Members Haydn Turner and Bill Greaves - has helped reverse the previously alarming decline of cricket in London's state schools.
Just 16 of inner London's 800 primary schools were teaching cricket. Today, that figure stands greater than 600.