PUPILS from four Meldrum Network Schools came together for a “Kwik Cricket” festival, hosted at the Methlick Cricket Club grounds on Friday (June 1).
The rainy weather thankfully stayed away that morning and this allowed all pupils and teachers to enjoy a morning of cricket games in a festival atmosphere.
The schools opted in to the cricket programme, which meant that their P6 classes (P4-7 in small schools) received four weeks of cricket training to develop their skills before the big day. The coaching was provided by Cricket Scotland.
The schools involved were Rayne North, Pitmedden, Udny Green and Methlick Schools. Each school has a member of staff who is trained to deliver cricket and the schools involved will have an equipment bag to keep at the school. This allows the coaching to continue within schools now that the block of coaching is ended.
The pupils showed a marked improvement in the skills over the four weeks of coached sessions. Their behaviour at the festival was commendable; the pupils showed respect for the umpires and their opposing team. The two winning teams, based on behaviour, games won and points scored, were Rayne North School and Udny Green School. They will travel to Banchory to take part in the Aberdeen City and Shire tournament held at Burnett Park on June 7.
The aim of the taster sessions, organised by Meldrum Active Schools Coordinator, Erica Jones, is to generate interest in the sport. For more information contact Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07917267222.