Young cricket fans from Colebourne Primary School were treated to some world class coaching from England stars as part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricket for Good coaching clinic.
The clinics are part of an initiative with Warwickshire Cricket Board in celebration of Edgbaston hosting five matches of the ICC’s Champions Trophy Tournament. Today Steven Finn, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow and David Willey were on hand to give 29 children the coaching experience of a lifetime – ahead of their match against Australia on Saturday. The children were given an hour’s coaching session with the England stars focusing on a range of skills from across the game.
Ravi Masih, Head of Community Engagement at Warwickshire County Cricket Club said: “So many of the world’s best cricketers are in Birmingham for the ICC Champions Trophy so we are thrilled to be able to offer these children such a fantastic opportunity. We are grateful these stars took time out of their hectic training schedules to offer something so valuable.
“The youngsters took lots of great tips and skills away from the session and we hope many will take enough inspiration to play for Warwickshire, or even starring in an ICC Champions Trophy themselves in future years.”
Cricket for Good is an ICC scheme in partnership with UNICEF aimed as using the sport to raise awareness of health issues impacting on children across the globe. As part of the scheme players from Warwickshire Junior Team, Clifton Primary School, Nelson Mandela School and the Half-Term Warwickshire CB Cricket Course Group have all also received a visit from players taking part in the tournament.