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21 Jan

YCCC Player Assemblies

After the Championship winning season of 2014, the profile of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and its players has escalated across the county; no-where more so than in local schools and their communities. The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation currently engages with thousands of school children each year through projects such as Cricket in the Classroom, Education day, Children’s Day and Drax Cup finals day to name a few.

All of the above projects take place at Headingley, where experiencing the unique atmosphere of this world renowned international sporting venue, home to some of their heroes, is designed to inspire and motivate young people of all ages and backgrounds. However, due to the schedule and time demands on modern day professional cricketers, the opportunities for children to meet and talk to their idols are few and far between.

In a bid to develop these relationships, seven lucky schools have been given the opportunity to host a question and answer session, where two Yorkshire players will pay them a visit for a special 30 minute afternoon assembly.

The first of these seven sessions took place at Moorlands School, just a few minutes away from Headingley. Club captain Andrew Gale was joined by Ryan Gibson and from the moment they walked through the gates with the County Championship trophy, the children were captivated, as were some of the staff!

As the assembly got underway, the students quizzed the players about their historical 2014 season, the different countries they have been lucky enough to play in and what they would be doing if they didn’t play cricket. After all the questions had been asked, each class had their picture taken with Gale, Gibson and the trophy.

Next week, Richard Pyrah and Dan Hodgson will be going to Lady Royd Primary School in Bradford.

It was great to meet the children here at Moorlands today. It’s important that we engage with our young fan base. They’re the future of cricket and I hope to see some of them at Headingley this summer

Andrew Gale

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