Pupils flock to the County Ground for annual Schools Day event

YOUNGSTERS got the chance to sample the special atmosphere of the County Ground at Essex’s annual Schools Day.

About 150 primary school pupils packed into the VIP marquee at the ground in Chelmsford on Tuesday (March 24) to take in the start of Essex’s pre-season game with Middlesex.

They got the chance to record their own match commentary, see how the TV replay Hawk-Eye system works and try their hand at keeping score of the first-team’s match.

Some also tried to beat England cricket star Lydia Greenway at the ‘Rebound Challenge’ and other activities at the Yorkshire Tea sponsored event.

Everyone also got an activity pack, a chance to meet the players, and a one-hour coaching session by the club’s experts.

Lydia, an ambassador for the Chance to Shine project, said: “We’ve had a great day and it has given these children the chance to experience what goes on behind the scenes on a matchday at a county cricket club.

“They can all go back to school now and say they have been to the County Ground.

“So I hope they have have all had a good day and that it will inspire a few of them to come back here and get involved in the future.”

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