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Lancashire Cricket Board - Grange Valley Primary School Visit Lord's
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Grange Valley Primary School Visit Lord's

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The children at Grange Valley Primary School in Haydock couldn't believe that they had been chosen as one of 20 schools in England to visit Lord's Cricket Ground, through the Chance to Shine programme, for the Spirit of Cricket Open Day on Tuesday 20th May 2014.

Twenty children travelled to London by train, this being an adventure in itself for some children who had never been on a train before or visited the capital. Upon arrival children and staff joined Chris Tremlett, England bowler and Charlotte Edwards, England Women Captain along with her England team mates on the Pavilion concourse, usually preserved for MCC Members.

The pitch was transformed into a school assembly hall with Mark Nicholas, Sky Sports Presenter who delivered a special MCC Spirit of Cricket Assembly. The children thoroughly enjoyed the chance to play on the main outfield and take part in cricket skills sessions, as well as learning about diet and nutrition in the Lord’s kitchen. The children had great fun tasting cakes with hidden fruit and vegetables before getting to decorate their own cakes to take home. The day also included a tour of the ground including the Long Room, viewing the Ashes Urn and the opportunity to sit in the changing rooms.

Chris Chambers, LCB's Cricket Development Co-ordinatory for St Helens, said: "Interest in cricket at Grange Valley has grown immensely over the past twelve months with more children than ever wanting to be involved. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with staff from the school to increase children's confidence in the sport as well as develop their skills. The chance to visit Lord's was an amazing opportunity for the school. It was so evident on the day how much confidence the children gained from the experience, one I am sure they will never forget!"

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