Worksop College hosted a R66T Academy ‘Festival of Cricket’ at Ranby House School and Nursery on June 29, with seven local primary state schools in attendance. 
The school – set in the heart of North Nottinghamshire’s rural landscape – became a R66T Academy partner last summer and have worked incredibly hard to engage and work with local primary schools in recent months. 
The seven primary schools who took part in the Festival of Cricket competition all had the opportunity to play matches and learn from Worksop College students. 
Worksop College went above and beyond to ensure the day was a success – with staff and coaches providing pupils with a picnic lunch, as well as hiring a minibus to pick up and drop off some of the schools on the day.  
Gateford Primary School, Elkesley Primary School, Norwell Primary School, Ekelsey Primary School, Ordsall Primary School, St Matthews Primary School and Carr Hill Primary School all took part in the Festival of Cricket.  
First Team captain Will Booth was one of several Worksop College students involved in the competition. Staff scored and umpired the games and worked with the visiting pupils in their ‘Coaching Corner’ on a rotation basis. 
Discussing the importance of working with state schools, Will said: “It’s massive to engage with the local community as there is less cricket played at state schools, especially at primary schools. It’s such a good game, so it would be great for those schools to appreciate how we see cricket. 
“We want to help grow the game and increase participation levels in state school cricket. There are life lessons in cricket – you learn about sporting integrity, morals and honesty.” 
It was brilliant to see so many children engaging with - and enjoying - cricket! We look forward to continuing working with Worksop College and are excited to see how their next event unfolds.  
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