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16 Jun

Stadium tour at Headingley showcases youth

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) hosted a stadium tour this month at Headingley, bringing young people together with a surprise famous face on the day.

The special tour, attended by a number of students from Lady Barn House School, from Cheadle, was led by expert tour guide – Mel Rueben, a volunteer for the YCF on Friday, 10 June.

VIDEO: ‘Behind the scenes’ – Headingley Stadium Tour with young people

The ‘behind the scenes’ tour included 12 pupils having the opportunity to visit the Yorkshire Cricket Museum, the Media Centre which offers a panoramic view of the cricket ground and the city of Leeds and the Howard Suite which boasts views of both the cricket ground and Leeds Rhinos Rugby ground.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Dominic Drakes, an all-rounder from Barbados, also made a ‘guest appearance’.

Pictured: Pupils of Lady Barn House School meeting Yorkshire Cricketer Dominic Drakes

It’s been a pleasure this morning taking the pupils and teachers from Lady Barn School, Cheshire… they’ve been exemplary, the behaviours been brilliant, they’ve enjoyed it and I think a lot of them wish to come back again – Mel Reuben, Tour Guide and YCF Volunteer

The tour began in the museum where the pupils were educated about the history of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and shown historic photos and memorabilia to consolidate their knowledge.

They were then guided through the Howard Suite which overlooks both the Headingley rugby and cricket grounds – the only suite in the country that has stands watching over two different sports grounds.

Outside the ground students and teachers from the school were shown the Donating Members 2020 board – a display of names of those who continued to pay their membership throughout lockdown in order to maintain the upkeep of the club.

It was here where those on the tour were fortunate enough to meet and get a photo with Yorkshire County Cricketer Dominic Drakes.

Pictured: Tour Guide, Mel Reuben, educating Lady Barn House School about Test Honours Centuries at Headingley

Just had a fantastic stadium tour of Yorkshire Cricket Ground, we’ve seen so much, it’s been a fantastic experience, certainly one that they will remember – Andrew Pietkiewicz, Head of PE, Lady Barn House School

The Long Room was the next stop on the tour where the pupils and teachers heard about century scorers and players who have gained 10 wickets within an Innings at Headingley Stadium during Test cricket matches.

The pupils then had the chance to walk around the pitch and take photos in the stands as well as a trip to the Dickie Bird balcony which offers spectacular views of the ground and outer city.

The final and most impressive stop on the tour was the players area where the young people had the opportunity to sit in the players restaurant.

VIDEO: ‘Behind the scenes’ – Headingley Stadium Tour with young people

They were then led through to the home and away changing rooms which still had the kit of some of the players who took part in the Roses T20 Vitality Blast match on Wednesday, 8 June.

The changing room received an immense reaction as the pupils noticed an England helmet above one of the seats … on realising that it belonged to Joe Root, they each took turns to sit in his space, pretending that they were the legendary England player.

We’ve been on a few cricket stadium tours and this one was definitely the best we’ve been on in terms of history and how much we’ve been able to see. Mr Slade, PE Teacher, Lady Barn House School

There are a number of tours running throughout the year, for more information about our stadium tours visit HERE.

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