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11 Jul

Young people centre stage at Headingley Stadium

More than 300 young people from across Yorkshire celebrated cricket, education and community at a special event at Headingley Cricket Ground.

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation hosted its annual Education Day – with the event providing the opportunity for children, from a number of primary schools across the region, to celebrate community and cricket on Monday, 11 July.

VIDEO: EDUCATION DAY 2022

The flagship education event for the award-winning charity, returning for the first time since 2019 due to the Covid pandemic, saw young people take part in a number of fun-filled learning-based activities both on and off the pitch and welcomed Yorkshire Cricket and Northern Superchargers stars Katie Levick and Rachel Slater.

It’s great to get children involved in big days like this… and hopefully we’ll inspire more young people to take up the sport – Katie Levick, Yorkshire Cricket and Northern Supercharger’s player

Katie Levick said: “There has been a lot of good things going on for them to have a great day out at Headingley.

“There are so many benefits to having the opportunity to take part in sport – you meet friends, learn a lot of social skills and being able to get out there and get fit and active is good for both physical and mental health.

“It’s great to get children involved in big days like this… and hopefully we’ll inspire more young people to take up the sport.”

VIDEO: EDUCATION DAY 2022

Rachel Slater said: “What a day… just one of the opportunities for young people was the chance to play out on the pitch – it’s been amazing for them to do that.

“An event like this is all about engagement – giving young people the opportunity to see what it’s about, have fun and be at the ground here – which is obviously really cool and hopefully get young people into playing – especially young girls.”

Pictured, Northern Supercharger’s player Rachel Slater meets young people in Education Day 2022.

A number of educational and sporting workshops ran on the day, delivered by organisations including the Royal Air Force (RAF), GamCare, Design Tonic and Wicketz.

Kukri Sports also ran a special competition for children to design their own cricket shirts – with the aim for the winning design to be turned into a playing shirt for next season.

Nick Brown, Commercial Director for Kukri, said: “Today was about introducing Kukri to the children and schools, and we’ve asked them to design a playing shirt, that hopefully Yorkshire will then wear next season. As part if the competition we’re going to choose the best design.

“There have been lots of fantastic designs and lots of creativity going on which has been great to see.”

Pictured, young people taking part in the Kukri Sports kit design workshop.

A special mental health workshop was delivered by Cygnet to support the young people and Kwik Cricket sessions were also delivered on the outfield at the cricket ground.

Will Saville, Managing Director from Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said: “Education Day is a special day for the Foundation – full of workshops, fun and cricket on the outfield at Headingley Stadium. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to run it for the last couple of years due to Covid so it’s been fantastic that we can finally put it on this year.

“Being in the stadium itself is special, but Education Day also provides the chance for young people to play on the turf where the professionals are from England teams right through to Yorkshire and Northern Diamonds and today has been very special with Katie Levick and Rachel Slater here to inspire also.

“It’s really important that we provide the opportunity to play and learn today. A lot of work we do as a Foundation is to get young people into a different environment and open up doors for them to learn in different ways.

“Being here in the stadium and providing that inspirational backdrop and running workshops, in a different way to a normal classroom, is really significant and powerful so I think the kids will take a lot from the Education Day.”

Will Saville, Managing Director from Yorkshire Cricket Foundation speaking during the opening assembly at Education Day 2022.

This year’s Education Day saw 10 primary schools from across Yorkshire taking part including Otley All Saints and Hugh Gaitskell Primary School from Leeds and Ryhill Junior and infant school and Grove Lea Primary School from Wakefield. While Thornhill Junior and infant school took part from Dewsbury.

St Peter’s Primary school from Harrogate also attended and four schools from Sheffield – with Wisewood, Wharncliffe Side, Hallam and Marlcliffe primary schools all involved.

Rose Ramsland, 10, a student from St Peter’s Primary School, said: “I really like playing cricket and I watch it a lot and it’s really exciting to be here.

“I like being able to see the players Katie and Rachel and I’ve enjoyed batting already. It’s been really fun.”

PHOTOS: EDUCATION DAY 2022

Kate Hogg, an Academic Mentor from Wisewood Primary School in Sheffield said: “Education Day is a brilliant opportunity – our children wouldn’t necessarily have the chance to come to a ground like this or play on it.

“It’s so important to have days like this – especially being given the opportunity to take part in physical activity and learn, which some children may not have been able to take part in and enjoy in lockdown, so to get them out here and try and inspire them to take part in sport is really good for them.

“I could see the children were so excited to meet the players (Katie Levick and Rachel Slater) and it was just nice for them to get a chance to talk to them and see where they are now and see based on where our children are and potentially how they could achieve that – so that’s really lovely.”

Stay tuned to YCF social media channels for more content from Education Day 2022.

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