East Devon – Damian Price
With all children returning to School on Monday 8th March, the first two weeks of term were filled with delivering virtually to three primary dchools, Duchy (Bradninch), St Andrews (Cullompton) and St Nicholas. It was great to be able to see children both at home and school taking part in some cricket activity. Children at home with limited equipment were very creative, with socks, frying pans and parents all making regular appearances!
Once children returned to school, face-to-face lessons returned, with Whole School Programmes taking place across all year groups at both Duchy (Bradninch) and Stoke Canon (Thorverton). All the children were so excited to be back in school, and it was great to be able to play some cricket, while learning how to bowl, bat, throw and catch. There was a real emphasis on personal-best challenges throughout the term, and it was brilliant to hear stories from some of the children who had turned the activities into a family challenge.
During the final two weeks of term, I also delivered five engagement days at Payhembury, Awliscombe, Exeter Road, Littleham and St Nicholas. These days included taster sessions for all year groups, highlighting All Stars and Dynamos programmes taking place at local cricket clubs during the Summer. While at Payhembury and Awliscombe, I delivered a virtual assembly (from a small cupboard within one school!), and it was fantastic to hear the sound of excitement coming from classrooms during the World Cup Class challenge.
Next term, I am extremely busy, delivering Engagement Days and Whole School Programmes across the region, once again highlighting All Stars/ Dynamos and junior cricket opportunities at clubs.
North Devon – James Kemp
The return to school delivery took me to North Molton Primary School where I delivered to the whole school over a four-week bock. Reception to Yr 6 received 3 sessions each covering fielding, batting and bowling with the final session focussing on putting skills developed into a game.
I also visited Ilfracombe Junior School covering eight classes from years 3-6. Each class had two sessions on batting and bowling and then put these new skills into practice in the final game-based session.
Next term I have a mixture of regular school programmes and a number of engagement days to promote All Stars and Dynamos programmes in North Devon. I will also be supporting Ann-Marie Presswell with two secondary school girls' leadership sessions at Holsworthy and Great Torrington.
West Devon – Jonny Varcoe
This term has been the busiest since being back with lots of schools being super keen to get some cricket going in their school.
I delivered four-week programmes at Elburton (Plymstock), St Andrew’s (Buckland), St Rumon’s (Tavistock) and Boringdon (Plympton).
In between these were engagement days at Modbury, Malborough, Boasley Cross, Ernesettle and Holbeton. These engagement days will feature heavily next term with the promotion of All Stars and Dynamos programmes.
A welcome addition this terms was a cricket CPD day to a cohort of trainee teachers at Marjon University. It was great to be back at Marjon where I studied and help with the development of some aspiring teachers.
South Devon –
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