Lanky goes back to school
Lanky has been drumming up support through schools in the North West and gathering more young Red Rose followers at the start of what will be a busy summer of cricket.
Lancashire’s mascot has been visiting the youngsters along with coaches from the Lancashire Cricket Board intent on spreading the word as well as inspiring more budding cricketers to take up the sport.
With participation in schools high in the region, the mascot has been out in the community to engage with more youngsters through cricket, whether it is playing through the LCB delivered activities or becoming members of Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Thunderbolts scheme from a young age.
The Lancashire mascot took time out of his busy training schedule for his recent Manchester 10k run for these whistle-stop tours, but still reminded youngsters of his running credentials by showing off his gold medal from last year’s mascot race which took place at The Rose Bowl (Hampshire).
The latest primary schools on Lanky’s rounds were in West Lancashire, where the nine primary schools visited are all linked to Ormskirk CC and Skelmersdale CC as part of the Chance to Shine programme. In South Ribble, a further nine primary schools were visited by the club and LCB which are linked to Leyland CC and Penwortham CC through Chance to Shine.
James Cutt from the Lancashire Cricket Board was the man given the task of working with Lanky in West Lancashire.
“The assembly visits in West Lancashire were based around engagement and information provision along with preparing oneself for cricket, sport and also the school day,” Cutt said.
“Lanky added massive value to the assembly visits not only from a ‘fun’ perspective but as a way of promoting the county club and the Thunderbolts scheme.”
Mark Cookson, LCB Community Cricket Coach for South Ribble added: “The DVD of Lanky winning the mascot race in 2010 was shown at the assemblies and Lanky also signed 4 and 6 cards for all pupils.
“The presence of Lanky added to the fun element of cricket.”
For more details on the Thunderbolts scheme visit: Chewits Lancashire Thunderbolts website.