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23rd October 2009

Durham players go back to school for questioning

Will Gidman, Luke Evans, Gareth Breese, Callum Thorp and Gordon Muchall each spent a session with a group of youngsters from schools in the region.

The young people, aged between nine and 13, researched the player that was scheduled to visit their session, put together some (searching!) questions and then interviewed the player which helped them to complete the final part of the project, which was to write a biography.

They asked questions about the players’ favourite foods, films, music and hobbies. What was it like to win the championship for the second time was also a popular topic of questioning! The young people were also interested in what made the players become cricketers and who their heroes were.

This project helps the children to develop their literacy skills of reading, speaking and listening, and writing.

The young people that have taken part in the project have been from the following schools:

Finchale Primary School, Parkside Sports College, Red Rose Primary School, Sacriston Junior School, Yohden Primary School, St Bede’s RCVA Primary School (Sacriston), Edmondsley Primary School and Bournmoor Primary School.

Will Gidman was also interviewed by Year 12 students from Park View Community School as part of their media course. Their questions will form part of their coursework. The interviews were recorded using our radio desk in the media centre.

This activity followed on from the young people writing a TV style report on the county championship victory. They will go on to making comic strips, radio programmes, photo tours of the ground or quizzes during the rest of the programme.

All of the young people and staff of the Playing for Success scheme would like to thank the players for their time.

If anyone wants any more information about the Playing for Success scheme please contact the club or the Playing for Success centre manager, Dave Ross on (0191 387 2899 or