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15 Mar

Emerald Player Assemblies

To support the club, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation headed down to three primary schools across the county with Yorkshire CCC players and match-day-mascot, Vinnie the Viking, with hope of inspiring children across Yorkshire.

Jack Leaning visited Archbishop of York’s C of E Primary, Azeem Rafiq attend Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy and Josh Shaw went to Carfield Primary. Alongside YCF staff, Vinnie the Viking made an attendance at both Tinsley and Carfield, entertaining both students and teachers, ahead of the 2018 season.

The players visited the schools alongside the YCF staff for a 30-minute Q & A assembly and were asked a variety of questions in order for them to share their experiences, fond memories and provide any tips for budding cricketers. In addition to promoting the work of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, YCCC’s official charity, the main aim was to inspire people to take part in cricket; whether this is taking part in one of our projects, playing or spectating the sport at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Both students and teachers had the chance to ask questions to the players, with subjects ranging from diet and nutrition to nervous debuts and memorable moments. This allowed the students to gain an invaluable insight into what it is like to play professional cricket as well as pulling on the famous white-rose shirt.

There was a few standout moments from the assemblies with Jack Leaning talking through his memorable catch against Lancashire last season, as well as meeting and playing against his boyhood idol, Kevin Pietersen for the first time. Alongside this, Azeem Rafiq shared his experiences of growing up in Pakistan, playing cricket with his friends and brother all day, every day.

For more information on the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s Educational programme, contact


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