General Article Cricketers go back to school to teach the right spirit

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Children around the country celebrated the end of term last week with some special cricketing visitors. Former Yorkshire captain and England cricketer Anthony McGrath surprised children in Newhall Primary School, Bradford with a special visit and Gloucestershire cricketer Ian Saxelby popped into Coniston Primary School near Bristol.

During the visit, both Ian and Anthony took part in MCC Spirit of Cricket Assemblies with the children. Using a video-based MCC Spirit of Cricket Assembly, created as part of a partnership with Chance to Shine, children discussed the meaning of ‘rivalry’. The children learnt about respecting opposition, team-mates and officials, whilst being encouraged to play hard but fair.

After the assembly in Bradford, children took to the school playground for a coaching session, followed by a game with Anthony McGrath. Anthony touched on all aspects of the game during the coaching clinic, including bowling, batting and fielding.

Summing up his visit Ian said, ‘I...

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