New Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, visited a Chance to shine school as his first major sports visit outside London.
Robertson visited Ling Bob Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Halifax to help celebrate their participation in the Chance to shine scheme - backed by the MCC Spirit of Cricket.
Deputy headteacher Dorian Brooksby described how cricket has helped to improve children’s behaviour in both the playground and classroom, especially as a result of the MCC Spirit of Cricket initiative.
The Minister handed out certificates to the winning house cricket teams and a special MCC Spirit of Cricket trophy to six pupils who had demonstrated great sportsmanship on the field.
Robertson revealed he is a keen cricketer, encouraged by his father when he was young, by joining in an inter-class cricket match.
The Minister spoke enthusiastically about Chance to Shine and the benefits of cricket for young people: "This is absolutely the sort of thing the Government wants to be backing.
"Through sport, children learn a huge number of lessons that are useful in life and, most of all, they have fun.
"Cricket can teach pupils team-work, leadership, winning and losing and respect for others. Schools can use sport to appeal to pupils who may not otherwise be interested."