Over 500 schoolchildren visited Lord’s on Tuesday 3rd July as part of the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Day.
The pupils came from a range of schools, both locally and across the country, including as far away as Stoke and Norfolk.
Chance to Shine co-founder Mark Nicholas led a mass assembly for the schoolchildren on the benches of the Pavilion which culminated in an exciting bowl-off between teams led by former England cricketer Nick Compton and Mark himself.
The assembly taught the children about the values of cricket, focusing on teamwork, perseverance and fair play.
Afterwards, the pupils took part in a range of activities including a tour of the Lord’s Pavilion and the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, cricket games in the MCC Cricket Academy and games on the hallowed Lord's turf.
The children also received a special reading from Chance to Shine supporter and children’s author Rachael Wong.
As well reading the first three chapters of the book, Rachael gave the students some advice on creative writing before setting them the challenge of writing about their own favourite sporting moments and celebrations.
Speaking on the day Rachael said: “Today has been a fantastic opportunity for over 500 children to come down to the Home of Cricket and be inspired. To meet a professional cricketer and to play on the hallowed turf, it doesn’t get much better than that! I was delighted to be part of the day and I hope that the children also saw how sport can inspire them in their academic studies as well.
“My new book Alex and the Cricket Ninjas is all about resilience and mindfulness and how to learn valuable skills from the sport. I hope that the children enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!”
Chance to Shine and Marylebone Cricket Club are teaching thousands of schoolchildren good sportsmanship through the MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign. This summer, donations to Chance to Shine will be match-funded by their Patron Adrian Beecroft, who is also an MCC Trustee. Click here to donate.
The schools involved in the day were:
• King Solomon Academy (Marylebone)*
• St Edward’s RC Primary (Marylebone)*
• St Mary's of the Angels RC Primary School (Bayswater)*
• Christchurch Bentinck Primary School (Marylebone)*
• All Souls Primary School (Fitzrovia)*
• St Joseph's Primary School (Maida Vale)*
• Barrow Hill Junior School (St John's Wood)*
• Hampden Gurney Primary School (Marylebone)*
• Berrymede Junior School (Acton)
• Freegrounds Junior School (Southampton)
• Martin Primary School (East Finchley)
• Newton Flotman Primary School (Norwich)
• Nine Mile Ride Primary School (Wokingham)
• Preston Hedges Primary School (Northampton)
• Preston Primary School (Wembley)
• Saint Nathaniel's Academy (Stoke-on-Trent)
• Green Spring Academy (Shoreditch)
*Local primary schools to Lord’s that MCC currently work in through their ongoing community projects.