Hutchesons’ hold their own CWC

23 Mar

Hutchesons’ Primary School, in Glasgow, celebrated Scotland’s participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 by hosting their own Cricket World Cup skills afternoon. 

The idea came from the Primary 7 (P7) ‘House Captains’ when they were challenged to design, and help to deliver, a sports event for Primary 3 (P3) pupils.  With the Cricket World Cup being celebrated all around the world, cricket was their choice.

Prior to the event, eight of the Senior School pupils (S6, ‘Sports Leaders’) completed a bespoke Kwik Cricket Game Manager’s Course.  The course was delivered by the national governing body, Cricket Scotland, as part of their coach education and development pathway. The course tutor, Tim Hart who is the Regional Participation Manager for the west of Scotland, said: “This was a great opportunity for a local school, a local Club and Cricket Scotland to work in partnership.  The real challenge was to modify the Kwik Cricket Manager’s Course to ensure that it met the needs of the school.  Fortunately, we were able to design some stations which were simple to set up and run – and also to use the workshop to ensure the Sports Leaders were comfortable with creating an event which was safe, based around high levels of participation and most importantly was fun.” 

The skills afternoon took place on Friday 13th March and, despite the connotations normally associated with Friday the 13th, the event ran very smoothly – and weather was remarkably mild, for the time of year!

The P3s, accompanied by a ‘Sports Leader’, rotated around eight different stations, spending around five minutes learning a new skill at each station – with the P7s being based at each station to help to demonstrate what the activity was meant to look like.  There was batting (target striking and a keepie-uppie challenge), fielding (catching, under-arm throwing and an over-arm ‘Beat the Goalie’ throwing game), a novelty ‘How to Bowl’ station and two stations based on movement (‘Dodgeball’ and an introduction to five key activities within an athletic development programme). 

The local cricket club, Clydesdale CC, also played a supporting role, primarily through the supply of some ideas and, crucially, equipment for the day.  Chairman of Cricket, Colin Mitchell said: “The Club was delighted to be able to continue to work in partnership with the school – and we hope that by donating the school a Cricket Factory Core Skills Set there may be a longer term legacy from the successful afternoon.”

John McCrossan, the school teacher in charge of the afternoon was delighted by how everything came together to create such a successful event: “The P3 Cricket World Cup event was the result of the fantastic effort and commitment of the P7 children who organised it as part of a Sky Sports Living for Sport project. With help from S6 Sports Leaders, the P7 children delivered an exciting and action-packed event to enthusiastic P3 children who thoroughly enjoyed their fun-filled afternoon.”

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