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French students bowled over by cricket at Ashford CC

5 months ago By James Berressem

60 students from France enjoy their first experience of cricket thanks to help and support of Ashford CC volunteers

On a hot, sunny April Wednesday morning 60 french students and their teachers spilled on to the Short Lane outfield to give cricket a go.

The Gallic group had crossed the Channel for a trip to take part in quintessentially English experiences. Organised and planned by our secretary Mick Tilt, the two-hour session comprised activities and games set up and run by 10 volunteers from Ashford CC.

The activites were designed to introduce cricket-specific skills - batting, bowling and fielding - as well as provide the opportunity to experience (and take selfies) wearing and running in cricket batting gear.

Apprehensive at first due to a lack of confindence in their English, the students quickly picked up the new skills demonstrated by the coaches. To conclude the session, the students put their new cricket knowledge into practice in small group games - everyone was so enthused with playing cricket and the fine weather that the session over-ran.

As well as promote cricket to a wider audience, the event helped to raise funds for the Club and its Training for the Future nets projects.

Thanks to our members who helped deliver such a great experience: Mick Tilt, Gordon Smith, Steve Smith, Chris Evans, Gareth Evans, Robert Evans, Craig Turner, Claire Turner, Peter Cottrell and Jim Berressem.

Updated 21:22 - 22 May 2018 by James Berressem

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