The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) is kicking off its 2019 ICC World Cup programme with a series of primary school festivals.
The showpiece tournament is being held in England for the first time in 20 years and the GCB is planning a variety of special events to help children connect with it.
The first of eight World Cup Challenges are being held at Kingshill School, Cirencester and Gloucester Academy on January 15. Primary schools from the surrounding area will take part in an event designed to test their cricket skills. Teams of 10 will undertake a series of fun challenges covering the main skills of batting, bowling and fielding.
The festivals are for Key Stage One pupils (5-7-year-olds), with 10 players representing each school. To raise awareness about the World Cup each school has been allocated a competing country to represent. They have also been encouraged to learn about the country and the World Cup using the Chance to Shine charity’s online schools resource https://teachers.chancetoshine.org. The website offers a different World Cup themed challenge for each term and the GCB is encouraging all Glos schools to get involved.
GCB projects and programmes manager Chris Munden said: “The 2019 ICC World Cup coming to England gives us a unique opportunity to inspire a whole generation of future cricketers. We want to capitalise on this by raising awareness and helping schools bring it to life for their children both in the playground and in the classroom. The World Cup Challenges are the first World Cup events we are running and there will plenty more to follow throughout the year.”
Not only is the 2019 tournament coming to England but the Brightside Ground, Bristol is hosting three matches as well as a number of warm-up games. Children from the local area will be involved in a number of ways including forming the guards of honour for matches and having the chance to watch games through their schools. There will also be a three-day tour of the World Cup trophy in Bristol in early March.
The GCB is also rebranding its annual GCB primary schools Kwik Cricket competition as the Gloucestershire Schools World Cup with full details being sent to schools this month.
Primary School World Cup Challenge Events
- January 15: Kingshill, Cirencester and Gloucester Academy
- January 22: Kingshill, Cirencester
- January 23, St Bede’s, Bristol
- January 25, Katherine Lady Berkeley, Wotton-Under-Edge
- January 28, Mangotsfield
- February 5, Dene Magna
- March 8, City Academy
- April 24, Cheltenham CC