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More than 70 trainee teachers from UWE (University of the West of England) turned their hand to cricket coaching as part of a joint project between the Gloucestershire and Somerset Cricket Boards.

The first year students received a three hour “Cricket For Teachers” training course before putting their new found skills into practice with 100 pupils from Stoke Bishop and Mendip Green primary schools.

The project was funded by the Chance to Shine charity which aims to get more children playing cricket in state schools.

Currently in its second year, the scheme will offer top up training to the students in each year of their studies in order to give them the confidence and knowledge to teach cricket when they qualify as teachers.

Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) tutor Luke Sellers said: “We understand that unless you’ve had the opportunity to play or coach cricket before, the prospect of trying to teach it can be quite daunting. One of the main aims of these sessions is to give the students a positive experience of the game and take away any fear they have about teaching it.

“Their enthusiasm and attitude was fantastic and hopefully by having the chance to put their skills into practice with the primary schools they will feel confident to deliver cricket going forward. By supporting trainee teachers we hope we can help increase the amount of cricket that goes on in our schools.”

During their training the student teachers took part in a wide range of games and small-sided practices. As part of the course they will also receive access to the ECB’s online iCoach Cricket resource and the GCB’s schools session plans.

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