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10th November 2010

Onions and Harmison saved by the bell!

The young people from St Margaret’s School, Red Rose Primary School, Yohden Primary School and St Benet’s School were lucky enough to meet and interview Durham players Graham Onions and Ben Harmison as part of the Playing for Success scheme in association with the Durham County Cricket Foundation and the Esh Charitable Trust.

Graham and Ben were questioned about their own playing careers at Durham, what its like to play for the club and how they got to where they were today, but also about their life off the field and behind the scenes including their all important film and music tastes!

Ben Harmison

The children come to the Media and Education facility at Emirates Durham ICG for one day every ten weeks, where they participate in education and physical activities. The sessions focus on developing the young peoples literacy and numeracy skills through media activities. Attendants also get the chance to play cricket in the Emirates Durham indoor centre. 21 schools and over 300 young people take part in the Playing for Success programme at Emirates Durham ICG every year.

Graham Onions commented, “It’s a unique experience for these young people, having the opportunity to come to the ground and the media centre to develop their skills, but also to play cricket. The sessions are really interesting and the kids had great fun filming interviews in the Sky Sports studio.  I really enjoyed my afternoon!”

The Playing for Success programme is part of the Durham County Cricket Foundations Education pillar in partnership with the Esh Charitable Trust. The Foundation aims to provide inspiration, motivation and raised self esteem by using the power of sport.

For any further information on the Playing for Success programme or on the Durham County Cricket Foundation please contact Richard