MCC’s Spirit of Cricket Day will take place at Lord’s tomorrow. It’s an annual event which sees around 600 schoolchildren experience what it is like to star at the Home of Cricket.
The children, from 10 different state schools in the local area and 10 from other areas of the country, will be involved in a number of different cricketing activities throughout the day. All of them will have the coveted opportunity of practising their batting, bowling and fielding skills on the main ground at Lord’s.
Tomorrow’s event is being run in collaboration with Chance to Shine, the national cricketing charity which aims to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities.
The day begins on the Pavilion concourse, with a mass assembly delivered by cricket commentator and presenter, Mark Nicholas. The activities then get into full swing with a variety of different workshops and activities, ahead of a final goodbye on the Nursery Ground in the afternoon.
England and Middlesex batsman Nick Compton will also be on hand to coach many of the youngsters, aiming to inspire a lifelong passion for cricket.
MCC's partnership with the Cricket Foundation and its Chance to Shine campaign to reintroduce cricket into state schools in the UK began in 2009.
Since then, tens of thousands of children in Chance to Shine schools across England and Wales have been introduced to the key MCC Spirit of Cricket messages enshrined in the Laws of the game.
The partnership is part of the wider MCC Spirit of Cricket initiative to encourage children to play hard and play fair with Chance to Shine helping to inspire young people learn and guide them through key life skills.
Last summer, the event broke a Guinness World Record for the 'largest cricket lesson (single venue)'. 580 schoolchildren from Chance to Shine schools were invited to take part in the Record, helping to beat the previous Record held by Cricket Australia.