Cricket ‘opportunity of lifetime’ for Chatburn pupils

Children from Year 6 at Chatburn CE Primary School who were chosen to provide the Guard Of Honour at the one day international cricket match between England and Australia. (s)
Children from Year 6 at Chatburn CE Primary School who were chosen to provide the Guard Of Honour at the one day international cricket match between England and Australia. (s)

A group of 14 lucky children from Year Six at Chatburn CE Primary School were chosen to provide the on field guard of honour at the one day international cricket match between England and Australia at The Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

In front of a vociferous crowd of 25,000 supporters and Sky Sports cameras, the children walked around the field prior to the game and then formed the guard of honour as the players walked from the changing rooms on to the field of play. After this, the children and several grateful parents were able to watch the game from the seats in the stands.

The opportunity arose after a visit to the Old Trafford Cricket ground earlier in the summer.

Class teacher, Martin Wrigley explained: “We went on an educational visit to the Cricket Foundation and upon return to school, we wrote thank you letters as part of a literacy lesson expressing our gratitude.

“The head of the centre was so impressed with the quality that he invited us on this once in a lifetime opportunity.” He added: “To be chosen out of all the schools in Lancashire is a great honour and one that we clearly had to take. The children were very excited when I was explaining what an exciting opportunity had arisen. It also got me a day away from school watching one of my favourite sports!”

To be chosen out of all the schools in Lancashire is a great honour and one that we clearly had to take

Class teacher Martin Wrigley