Nearly 1500 children from 35 schools in Northamptonshire enjoyed Northants Crickets’ first ever Schools’ Day at the County Ground on Monday, sponsored by the University of Northampton.
During the day, schools had the chance to watch International cricket stars such as Richard Levi, Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton as Northants and Somerset played out the third day of a highly competitive LV=County Championship match.
Hundreds of children enjoyed a signing session from injured One Day Captain Alex Wakely, David Murphy, Rob Keogh and was joined by Steeler the Mascot as the kids met three of the Northants First Team squad.
The children took also took part in educational sessions in subjects including bio-science, technology, engineering, and maths. The pupils took part in activities such as:
- Thermal imaging; using cameras to investigate hot spots in their bodies and how thermal imaging is used in cricket to follow the line of the ball that can determine whether a player is ‘out’.
- Discovering the science behind green screen technology; presenting as cricket reporters.
- Designing their own Knex Aliens.
- Bugs and Germs; investigating how clean their hands and things around them are.
During the lunch and tea breaks, children were lucky enough to play kwik cricket on the outfield. As well as this, the University also put on sport sessions in the indoor cricket centre where children took park in cricket related activities.
Linda Davis-Sinclair, Head of Ambassador Engagement and Staff Volunteering at the University of Northampton, said “it was great to see the children really getting involved in the activities. It is also vital that we provide opportunities for our students to get involved in leading these sessions as it helps them to develop skills and practical applications of their own subjects.”
David Smith, Chief Executive of Northants Cricket commented “Schools’ Day was a great success here at the County Ground on Monday and it was brilliant to see nearly 1500 children at the ground. Today’s school children are the players, members and supporters of the future and therefore we must reach out to the community and give something back and that’s exactly what we’ve done with this event".
“Hopefully everyone had a memorable day and have gone away more passionate about cricket than when they arrived. We look forward to welcoming you back to the County Ground”.