England’s finest gives pupils in Rusthall a sporting chance

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CRICKET legend Alastair Cook visited Rusthall St Paul’s Primary School last week to launch the charity Chance to Shine’s National Cricket Week.

England’s highest Test run-scorer and former captain was welcomed into the school hall by a guard of honour.

He spoke to the students about his achievements and answered their questions about how he became involved in the sport and what he has learnt from his career at the top of the game.

He then joined Year 4 and 5 pupils for a practice match in the playground, giving them coaching tips and helping them to develop their skills.

Mr Cook said: ‘It’s been brilliant to be here. Throughout my career I have learnt a huge amount from the sport and I hope that all these children will develop a lifelong love for cricket.’

‘Chance to Shine are working tirelessly to give children the opportunity to play the sport and to receive the benefits, like teamwork, resilience and communication, that will benefit them for life.’

Chance to Shine provides all schools that want to take part in Yorkshire Tea National cricket week, which runs from June 18-22, with free digital resources to inspire pupils to take up the sport.

For more information, visit www.chancetoshine.org/ncw_signups

PICTURE: TAKING GUARD: Alastair Cook receives a guard of honour in the school hall

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