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15th December 2009

Foundation Out Reach Programme

During the outreach programme Durham County Cricket Foundation goes into twenty four schools per year, working with over 1500 children. They partake in literary and numeracy exercises that are integrated into cricket based ICT and media learning. 

Each school has a four week programme of these activities before coming down to the Riverside to complete the course by filming their work in the Sky Sports studio. Children also receive cricket coaching sessions as part of the programme to develop their cricketing skills and techniques. 

They also compete in a bowling competition in the Riversides indoor school. All schools take part in this competition with the winner receiving a trophy at the end of the year.

This week saw the first groups come down to the Riverside with Red Rose Primary and Cestria Primary schools taking part in the activities to bring together all they have learned over the course of the programme.

Every child that has taken part in the programme over the year will be invited back to the Riverside in the summer to attend one of Durhams Friends Provident Twenty20 fixtures and see their work on the big screen before going onto the Riverside pitch to meet the Durham players. All children will receive their certificate and the winners of the bowling competition will collect their prize.

The outreach programme continues to flourish with schools already signed up for the rest of the year, giving many more children the learning and cricket experience the Durham Cricket Foundation Education Programme, supported by the Esh Charitable Trust, can offer.