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Sport Student Looking to Inspire Next Generation of Cricketers

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A desire to ‘encourage children to get up and be active’ was high on University of Worcester student Greg Massingham’s agenda when he set up a cricket summer school for children at his local club in 2013.

He is now preparing for the third such summer school, having seen numbers swell and interest grow over the past two years.

Greg, who is studying PE at the University, is from Stafford, and has been involved with the town’s cricket club since the age of eight. He says that his university course ‘inspired’ him to set up the summer school; putting into practice the skills and knowledge that he has gained, in order to give something back to the club.

He explains: “I have received lots of coaching throughout my time at the club, and my friend and I decided to give something back and share our experience with the next generation.

“Youth cricket at the club had stagnated and numbers were not as high as they used to be, so we wanted to encourage new children to get into cricket. We wanted to see young children get up and be active instead of sitting inside, playing on a games console all day.”

The first summer school saw 25 children – ranging from existing club members to those who had never played the game before – attend, while numbers grew to 45 last year, with children from other areas within the Stafford district signing up.

This year, the summer school has capacity for increased numbers, and will be running at Stafford Cricket Club between August 3rd and 7th. 

“In order to give the children the highest standard of coaching possible we split them into groups, with each coach delivering four sessions per day on different aspects of the game,” Greg continues. “I am able to put into practice the techniques and knowledge that I have gained whilst at university.

“This knowledge includes the planning of more in-depth coaching sessions, which can engage the children and give them the best chance of developing and improving their skills.” 

For further information, visit www.staffordcricketclub.co.uk.