The world’s best cricket players including Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and South Africa’s Jacques Rudolph, were on show last Friday night at the world-famous Oval cricket ground in London as Surrey and Glamorgan opened their NatWest T20 Blast season under the floodlights.
Watching the Welsh side win by 25 runs were 14 Chepstow School students from Year 7 and Year 8 who made the near-300 mile round-trip to London as part of their sports journalism project work.
Guests of honour in the Executive Box of the sport for development charity – and 5 Star Active network partner – Active Communities Network, the Year 8’s – who completed the sports journalism course last year – each acted as a mentor to the Year 7 pupils and were accompanied by Assistant Head teachers Jamie Goddard and Emma Mellen alongside Luca, a Year 10 media student who filmed the visit as part of his work.
The visit was part of the wider work 5 Star Active oversees throughout Wales in partnership with ‘Will’s World’ – a youth development charity established by Swansea and Wales Captain Ashley Williams, who is set to be announced as a 5 Star Active Ambassador later in 2015.
Jamie Goddard, Assistant Head teacher, Chepstow School said: “It was a fantastic experience and hugely enjoyable day for the students alongside the two lucky teachers who accompanied them. The students’ behaviour was impeccable, they really appreciated the executive box and the atmosphere of the game was incredible; a real party. The game itself was exciting with lots of runs were scored.
“We arrived back at school at 1am, a very tired but very satisfied group and will now work hard on putting it all together; writing a match report, newsletter and producing a video. It was a fantastic experience for them.”
Alex Mehta, Active Communities Network Trustee said: “It was great that these students could see such an amazing spectacle of cricket in London.
“Chepstow School is a big school for cricket and cricket clubs and it was great to use this opportunity to engage those struggling with literacy to become actively engaged.
“It was a long day for everyone going up and coming back in a mini bus, but the feedback we have got has been excellent. The students will now write up their newsletters, draft newspaper, edit their video blogs and we hope to present these at a future PE Conference happening in Wales later this year.”