The sun finally came out at the right time and provided some real cricket weather for Leicestershire’s showcase Brit Insurance National Cricket Day event.

One of the national showcase events took place at Bridge Junior school, who always throw themselves head first into anything cricket.  They were also extremely happy to welcome ex Leicestershire and England keeper Paul Nixon to the school.

The event started with a cricket themed lesson which revolved around the idea of a healthy, balanced diet and the importance for having your ‘5-a-day’. The Year 5 class taking part in the day were asked to create a poster by using an A-Z of fruit and vegetables they had thought up, to draw a batsmen and his equipment, examples included cucumber stumps and a carrot bat! Paul provided some help during the lesson and also passed on his experience of having to watch what he eats and provided the children with an insight into how important a sportsman’s diet is.

They then headed out of the classroom and onto the playground for a cricket session in the sun, run by Cricket Development Coach Tom Leonard. The children learned the best ways to catch and improved their one handed pick up technique from the vastly experienced Nixon.  The children then took part in a closely contested game of continuous cricket where Paul took to bowling rather than putting his keeping gloves on!

The event finished with a Q&A session and Paul answered some good questions from the Year 5 class.

The day was a real success and really helped boost the popularity of cricket as well as raising the profile of the Cricket Foundation who fund the Chance to shine programme.

Click Here to watch a video of Paul Nixon’s visit to Bridge Junior School