Cricket has a duty to ensure that all pupils in Wales can improve and develop their physical literacy skills. This will improve the health of the nation and the individual pupil’s quality of life.
We will show you how to do this by:
• Delivering a high quality experience through cricket
• Using cricket as a way to engage pupils in literacy skills, especially boys.
• Using cricket to develop the ICT skills of pupils
There is a hugely exciting programme of international cricket here in Wales over the coming years with two global cricket tournaments return to the Welsh capital in 2017 and 2019, so our aim is to support all schools of any setting, ethnicity and purpose they serve.
Glamorgan Cricket has a range of educational activities that run all year round which link with literacy, healthy lifestyles, numeracy, history, sport and exercise, in addition to offering Transition Day activities for an entire cohort of young learners.
CLICK HERE for a Teacher’s resource showing how the sport of cricket can support and enhance your delivery of the curriculum in primary and secondary schools in Wales. We also have a series of simple coaching cards for teachers to use to run cricket sessions at school. You can download these resources by using the button at the bottom of this page.
MATCH DAYS (April – September)
These run from 10am until 2pm and cost just £3 per pupil (with teachers free of charge). Groups will watch action in a match at Sophia Gardens Cardiff and combine it either with a numeracy, literacy or skills drills activity with our teaching and coaching staff. There is usually a chance for all pupils to play on the outfield during the lunch interval, before forming a Guard of Honour when the players enter the field of play. .
REDUCED PRICE TICKET PACKAGES FOR SCHOOL GROUPS
Special packages are available for accompanied groups (e.g. 35 pupils plus 5 staff) to attend the one-day matches at Sophia Gardens. At many of these games there are also player autograph sessions, games/coaching in the National Cricket Centre or on the Pavilion Lawn.
NON-MATCH DAYS (All year round)
Groups visit the Stadium for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Glamorgan’s headquarters, visiting the player’s area and away changing rooms, as well as the Media Centre with the commentary boxes and TV studios which are used to broadcast matches from Glamorgan’s headquarters. The tour also includes a visit to the award-winning CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket, a chance to wear the equipment, plus a coaching and skills drills session in the Indoor School – all great value at just £3 per pupil. The tour and activity session can be adjusted to meet specific needs or curriculum requirements. e.g. fitness and training drills, the marketing of cricket, staging major matches, the impact of international games or environmental considerations.
Many schools have also booked transition days at Sophia Gardens, with Year 5 or 6 pupils getting to make new friends with a variety of skills-drills and other activities including Q and A sessions with players, and talks from the Club’s support staff about playing safe and a healthy diet, plus a visit to the Media Centre, Changing Rooms and CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket. These very popular days run from around 0945 until 1415 and cost £5 per pupil.
Over the past few years, Glamorgan Cricket has linked up with the Royal British Legion and Cardiff University with school groups looking at the impact of the two World Wars on Welsh cricket, and sporting communities in general. The outcomes from this Project are displays and commemorative material at the school, as well as in the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket.
If you are interested in making a booking for any of the above, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 02920 419383.
Here are a few comments from staff and pupils who have brought groups to Sophia Gardens Cardiff during 2016:
“A truly memorable experience for our pupils – getting to form the guard of honour was fantastic.”
(Teacher – Primary School in SE Cardiff)
“My favourite part of the day was wearing the equipment. I would want to go there again. I loved the trip.”
(Pupil – Secondary School in SW Cardiff)
“A really well-designed and thought-out experience for the children and professionally delivered.”
(Deputy Head – Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan)
“The visit was very aspirational and uplifting for our pupils. They had never experienced anything like this before and have already asked when are they going back!”
(Teacher – Secondary School in the Bridgend area)