Pupils at Pembridge Primary School have been using the new practice net at Shobdon Cricket Ground.

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Shobdon Cricket Club has been busy upgrading its facilities to enable children from local primary schools to receive proper coaching and tuition in the game of cricket. One of these improvements has been the provision of a training net.

Training nets mean there are fewer restrictions on where the game can be practised, and offer more chances to bowl and bat as half the time is not spent fielding the ball from a distance.

Shobdon Cricket Club purchased the net following a successful application for £1,500 to the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust based on the fact that this would encourage healthy recreation for young people.

Terry Teale of Shobdon Cricket Club said “We have now had the net for the past season and it has enabled us to get close enough to see the techniques of bowling and batting without the danger of being hit by the ball, which in turn has allowed us to monitor the children’s actions and offer pointers on improving.”

The club offers its training facilities to local schools in the area as well as the grounds being used to host the under 10’s and 12’s county games. This season Pembridge Primary School took them up on this offer.

Andrew Teale, headteacher at Pembridge Primary School, commented “We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide our children with such fantastic grounds so local to the school, in which they can develop their hard ball cricket skills and prepare for tournaments.”

John Garbutt, Chairman of the trust said “Once again the Trust is delighted to have been able to help a local group encourage healthy recreation for youngsters, and we look forward to receiving many more applications that support the objectives of the Trust”.

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