Pupils taking full advantage of the cricket coaching on offer from Nick Byron (left).

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Rain Doesn’t Stop Play With Help From Kingspan

It may have been a wash-out, but rain didn’t stop play for young cricketers in three local schools this summer thanks to a combination of funding from Kingspan Insulation Community Trust and expert coaching from Luctonians Cricket Club.

As the cricket season draws to a close, over 100 girls and boys from Kingsland and Shobdon Primary Schools and Wigmore School have had some specialist attention from Luctonians’ Australian Level 2 coach, Nick Byron.

Luctonians applied to the Kingspan Community Trust and were awarded over £1,400 to develop club-School links through in-school coaching sessions and after school clubs.

Coaching was aimed at all levels, concentrating mainly on the 8 – 12 age range, to improve technique, fitness, hand-eye coordination and sportsmanship; and was a hailed as a success by Coach Nick Byron.

Rugby players among the children would already have been familiar with Nick. He led the Sun Valley Rugby Project earlier in the year but was persuaded to stay on with Luctonians when they discovered his cricketing credentials. He said:

“Cricket is definitely becoming more popular. Despite the weather, we had a good participation rate with many of the youngsters signing up for after school activities. We use a semi-hard ball and an introductory form of the game with kids as young as six. It allows them to enjoy playing without the game getting too difficult for them. When it rained we just went indoors.”

Coaching at Wigmore School was delivered to Key Stage 3 pupils. The school’s deputy head, Dean Curtis said:

“This specialist coaching has supported the teaching of cricket and developed pupils’ learning and understanding of the game.”

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