AD | HOWZAT FOR A SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY

With the Easter Holidays in full swing and Spring in the air, I’ve been keen to get Edie involved in as many different activities as possible during her break. With longer days and (slightly) warmer weather, it seems the right time to start exploring games and sports that will keep us busy over the coming months.

After football, cricket is probably my second sport. I’ve watched England a few times and also love a rowdy T20 match under the lights. I used to play at school and for my local club and have always been aware of the benefits for kids, and thus have wondered if Edie would like to give it a go. For kids’ development, it’s great for hand-eye coordination, fitness (so many short sprints), teamwork and communication (especially when batting as a pair) and essential skills such as throwing and catching. Now 6, and excelling in other sports, the timing was perfect when the MCC Cricket Academy at Lord’s (only the HOME OF CRICKET and one of the most famous sporting venues in the world!) offered Edie the opportunity to take part in a school holiday course.

En route to Lord’s, I explained the significance of the famous ground to Edie, and upon entering and finding our way to the academy, it didn’t disappoint. Lord’s towering media centre dominated the skyline as several Middlesex professionals were going through some slip catching and some work in the nets beneath the impressive structure.

Entering the academy, we were surrounded by cricket nets and lots of open space, which reassuringly ensured a safe and fun environment for the kids to take part. The eager children, some adoringly dressed in their pristine cricket whites, were quickly put through some warm up exercises by the coaches before moving onto the essential skills used in games – batting, fielding and bowling.

The session remained fun and upbeat throughout, the differing abilities taken into account at all times, and I could see it was an exciting experience for Edie and the other children.

Places are available over Easter and future school holidays for 3-16 year old, so if you think your children could be up for smashing a few sixes (or at the very least rippling the nets), then follow this link:

lords.org/academy

2019 is the year of cricket, and Edie’s taken her first steps to be part of it.