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Kids take over Lord's for Spirit of Cricket

600 children attended the day at Lord's
600 children attended the day at Lord's

600 Schoolchildren from around the UK joined Chris Tremlett and Charlotte Edwards at Lord's for the second Chance to Shine - Spirit of Cricket open day.

The primary school kids enjoyed a the chance to play on the outfield at the Home of Cricket, as well as taking part in kitchen classes and cricket skills lessons.

Lord's was transformed for the day for the 20 schools present, with the real tennis court used for tapeball cricket and the Pavilion concourse - usually the preserve of MCC Members - transformed to a school assembly hall.

Mark Nicholas delivered a special MCC Spirit of Cricket Assembly, with Edwards's team beating Tremlett's in a bowl off on the outfield. MCC President Mike Gatting was also present.

In 2014, over 400,000 children in 5,000 ‘Chance to Shine schools will be introduced to the key MCC Spirit of Cricket messages enshrined in the Laws of the game, as a result of the MCC/Chance to Shine partnership.

There are three core elements to the partnership: communicating the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to children within schools through special assemblies and lessons, organising intra school competitions and holding an MCC Spirit of Cricket Open Day at Lord’s.

Chance to Shine coaches will deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket message as part of the core Chance to Shine programme.

MCC and Chance to Shine have produced a special MCC Spirit of Cricket online DVD resource for school assemblies that cover key aspects of the MCC Spirit of Cricket.

Children to put into practice what they have learnt in the classroom. Pupils’ fair play will be recognised and rewarded at the school sessions.

Chris Tremlett & Charlotte Edwards at the Open Day

Photos - Spirit of Cricket open day

All photos Matt Bright

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