6 Arches Schools were lucky enough to get the chance to visit Headingley Stadium as England took to the field to beat Sri Lanka over the first two days of the test match series. On Thursday, Angram Bank and Pye Bank Primary Schools were asked to visit the ground in Leeds and Angram Bank even had the fantastic opportunity to undertake the guard of honour, waving the flags on the field as the players came out to start the match. As well as this they were able to meet Laura Wright who sings the national anthem for England Cricket and Rugby teams which was a fantastic experience. The teams then got to take to the field at lunch and play a game of Kwik Cricket, smashing balls in to the crowd and getting fantastic cheers from the Western Terrace.
On the Friday of the test match the Arches were able to take 3 schools to the match which included Shooters Grove Primary School, Malin Bridge Primary School and Nether Green Junior School. As well as this Hartley Brook Primary had taken the fantastic opportunity of bringing a full class of children to watch the match and engage them in an amazing cricketing experience. Shooters Grove were lucky enough to undertake the guard of honour and lead out Johnny Bairstow who recorded 140 runs on the day to a huge standing ovation. The teachers even got to meet and greet some of the first team players as they came off from warming up, which was incredibly exciting. See our gallery for some images from the day.
All this is down to our great partnership with the Yorkshire Cricket Board and our fantastic Chance 2 Shine Cricket Programme across our schools. The day will have hopefully inspired many of these children to play cricket or carry on playing cricket locally and we will hopefully see some of them on the Headingley pitch one day too!