Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket have been delivering the xl cricket scheme at City of Leicester, Groby and Longslade Community College’s. The scheme which is funded by the Princes trust is for disadvantaged children who have learning difficulties, are struggling at school or at risk of exclusion.

Leicester Electricity Sports CC played host to a progression festival on 30th May which followed the 6 weeks of coaching each school received. All 3 schools arrived at the club where they were met club volunteers before watching a short presenation about vCricket and the opportunities available to them.

The teams then took to the pitch where they played a Kwik cricket competition where they had a chance to put into practice the skills they had learnt. The standard was high despite some players lacking confidence but everyone appeared to enjoyed themselves.

Laura Joyce (CDO for L&RC) said ” There was plenty of encouragement for team mates and most notable was the great team spirit shown by Longslade who were continually cheering and supporting each other no matter the outcome”

In the first game, Longslade restricted Groby to 228 – 2 before scoring an impressive 279 – 1. Their second game against City of Leicester (236-4) was much closer with them reaching 242-3 in what was a nervous final over as they tried to not loose any wickets. City of Leicester then proved too strong restricting Groby to 200 – 7  before hitting 242 – 1. With the league completed and enough time to play another game, the teams were mixed up so the students had a chance to work with new people.

The impact of the xl cricket scheme on these individuals was highlighted by Longslade’s xl advisor Karen Norris who said

It’s fantastic to see the positive impact the coaching has had on the group. 1 student has transformed from not wanting to take part to being disappointed that he would miss his cricket session because of the bank holiday

All 3 schools will now make their way to Lords Cricket Ground for an Indoor competition and tour.

L&RC would like to thank the club and volunteers who supported for providing this opportunity for the children to experience cricket at a local community club.

To view more photo’s of the day, please visit the photo gallery