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3 Mar

YCCC 2016 Players Assemblies

Across February 2016, four lucky schools got to hold a question and answer session assembly with some of Yorkshire County Cricket Clubs very own players.

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation engages with thousands of school children each year through a number of projects and initiatives, such as Education Day, Children’s Day and Cricket in the Classroom to mention just a few. This means children across the county have the opportunity to come to Headingley and get a real Yorkshire Cricket experience.

Players assemblies brings this experience home and into the schools of Yorkshire where hundreds of school children got to meet and quiz Yorkshire’s players. The aim of the project is to motivate and inspire children of all ages and backgrounds and to encourage them to get involved and ask questions.

Meanwood Primary, Weetwood Primary, Hunslet Moor and Pannal Primary saw the likes of Steve Patterson, Ben Coad, Ryan Gibson, Tim Bresnan, Adam Lyth and Matthew Waite.

There were some fantastic responses from all the school children, who had clearly put much thought into their prepared questions. The children quizzed the players on their experiences in the 2015 season including what countries they had visited and what they like to do in their free time. There were also some very unique questions, some of which really had to make the players think! Our personal favourites were ‘If you could be a dinosaur, which one would you be’ and ‘In an imaginary world, what would you have in it and why?’

‘It’s so fantastic to see how excited and engaged the children are the in assembly, they really listen to what the players have to say and take it all in. I heard some really great and definitely imaginative questions! The children all left well and truly inspired, which is what we want!’- Charlotte Jones, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

After the end of the assembly, children got to have their picture taken with the players and the county championship cup much to their delight.

We want to thank all the Primary Schools for their involvement and the children for their enthusiasm, we hope it was a great addition to their regular school day!

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