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Cricket Festival to inspire next generation of sport lovers

Friday 10th July 2015
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Written by Danny Painter

Over 300 school children have experienced cricket in the park this week at the Autoworld Volvo XC90 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council.

The annual cricket festival, celebrating its tenth successive year at Queen’s Park, provides the picturesque backdrop for first-class cricket and local school children from around Chesterfield and North Derbyshire have had the chance to experience the action first hand.

Children from Outwood Academy, Staveley Juniors, Brimington Juniors, Old Hall, Shirebrook and Bolsover have been at the ground this week forming the guard of honour as well as taking the opportunity to play games of cricket on the outfield.

Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “Bringing first-class cricket to Chesterfield allows us to provide young people in North Derbyshire the chance to witness top-class cricket on their doorstep.

“We hope giving local school children this opportunity will inspire the next generation of cricket and sport lovers.”

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “One of our top priorities is to improve the health and well-being of people in the borough.

“Each year, the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket gives local youngsters the chance to watch county cricket at first hand as well as the chance to take part themselves and meet some of their sporting heroes.

“Hopefully, this will inspire them to take part in sport and fitness and lead healthier lifestyles as they grow up.”

Pictured above (left to right): Councillor Chris Ludlow, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Councillor John Burrows, leader, and Councillor Amanda Serjeant, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, with children from Staveley Junior School. 

 The Autoworld Volvo XC90 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council concludes this Sunday with the visit of neighbouring Yorkshire. The game is heading for a sell-out so book now to avoid disappointment!

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