Harrogate - Clever cricket given a spin

22nd January 2010 at 00:00

Children in Harrogate will learn literacy, numeracy and ICT through cricket as part of a new scheme to help failing pupils.

The initiative has been launched by Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and the nationwide government scheme "Playing for Success", which promotes vital skills through sport.

Thirty-six underachieving children aged seven to 14 from Bilton Grange School and Harrogate High School are to benefit from sessions, which combine cricket coaching with sport-themed learning.

Alison Giles, community marketing manager at YCCC, said that the game was ideal for teaching children a range of subjects. "Cricket really lends itself to maths, with batting averages, scoring and match attendances," she said. "Literacy is delivered through reading or writing match reports, or by interviewing players."

The sessions, which begin on January 25, are the first cricket-based Playing for Success initiatives to take place in schools rather than being hosted by sports centres. DM.

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