Schools training At Lord's

Former England Cricketers Train Schools at Lord's

 Three former England cricketers took time out to pass on some of their skills in a cricket master class organised by Sky Living For Sport in partnership with the PCA at Lord's. The cricketers helping out during the day include Nick Knight, Dean Headley, and Gladstone Small.

Over 30 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 15 from three schools across London will get the chance to train with the players in a special coaching session.

Many of the young people attending have been taking part in Sky Living For Sport, an initiative run by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with BSkyB.

Schools attending on the day are John Kelly Boys' Technology College (Brent), Kingsbury High Pupil Referral Unit (Kingsbury) and Albany School (Hornchurch).

Now in its fifth year, nearly 17,000 young people in over 600 schools across the UK have benefited from Sky Living For Sport, which targets young people at risk of opting out of school life, either through poor attendance or lack of confidence.

The project uses varied and exciting sporting activity as an inspiration and incentive for young people to succeed. The activities they take part in are designed to boost the confidence and self-esteem of the pupils, encouraging them to get more involved in their education and enabling them to achieve their potential in other areas of school life.

The initiative has made a significant impact with:
• Over 70% of participants showing increased self confidence
• Over 75% of participants improving attitudes towards the staff
• Over 70% of participants showing improved behaviour around school
• And 90% of pupils maintaining improvements in their behaviour 2 years down the line

On his involvement in the coaching session, former England player and Sky Sports commentator Nick Knight comments: "It's great to be able to support this kind of project. Sky Living For Sport helps youngsters that might not otherwise get the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

"Bringing out the best out in them for their own benefit. Meaning they can realise their own potential in and out of the classroom."

Ben Stimson, Director of Responsibility and Reputation at Sky, said: "It's great that Sky Living For Sport is having such a positive impact on so many young lives. We are committed to helping others benefit from the scheme and with the continued support of teachers we hope to take the initiative to a much wider audience".

Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, comments: "Sport can be a great way of bringing out the best in young people, particularly those youngsters who may otherwise shy away from everyday school life or lack confidence in the classroom. By working with elite athletes through Sky Living For Sport, these young people can be shown that anything is possible if they believe in themselves."




Nick Knight


Dean Headley