On Tuesday 6th May, Kent and England Women’s Tammy Beaumont visited Newcroft Primary School in Shepshed with Cricket Development Coach Heather Beattie.

During the Key Stage 2 assembly Tammy talked about how she had been inspired to play cricket.  A montage of back-to-back Women’s Ashes series wowed the children and teachers.  The assembly was concluded with some tricky questions for the former Loughborough University student. IMG_2270a

In preparation for their Kwik Cricket tournament that afternoon, Year 5 capitalised on Tammy’s visit as she put them through their paces on the school field.  That afternoon, Newcroft went on to win the tournament.  Congratulations to all involved.

40ea00245fc94b518c203a7fb146dd95_3x1Initially it was a case of mistaken identity at Loughborough C of E Primary School.  The new England kit sporting the Waitrose sponsor led the children to believe they were being visited by somebody from the supermarket chain.  Once Tammy had revealed her true identity Years 5 and 6 were astonished that they had an England cricketer at their school.  After several high octane batting games the session finished with Team Tammy versus Team Hammy.  Heather’s team emerged victorious and it was time signatures all round. IMG_2129a

The following  day at Bishop Ellis Primary School witnessed an epic assembly.  Cricket’s greatest rivalry was reignited in the school hall.  England went head-tohead with Australia as pupils and teachers competed in a bowling challenge.  Under immense pressure with the capacity crowd singing their hearts out, Tammy and Heather were the final bowlers in a sudden death finish.  Tammy held her nerve to give England the win and the celebrations erupted.

An inspiring two days was capped off with three Year 5 sessions at Ravenhurst Primary School.

A big thank you must go to Tammy for providing all the children with a fantastic experience and leaving a lasting impression at each school