Cricket gives Wellingborough school pupils chance to shine

Jonathan Bairstow, Tammy Beaumont, David Tebbutt and Devon Malcolm at the Chance to Shine awards

Jonathan Bairstow, Tammy Beaumont, David Tebbutt and Devon Malcolm at the Chance to Shine awards

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A Wellingborough school has been named School of the Year.

Park Junior School got the award at the Chance to Shine Annual Awards for their commitment to grassroots cricket.

Headteacher David Tebbutt received the award, which was sponsored by Smile Travel Group, from former England star Devon Malcolm.

The annual awards evening celebrated and rewarded the achievements of volunteers, clubs and schools that help make the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine charitable campaign a success.

England cricketers Jonathan Bairstow and Tammy Beaumont attended to show their support for the charity.

The judging panel was impressed with the way Park Junior has used cricket to break down barriers, where 50 per cent of pupils come from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The school has a number of children who have come into the country recently without any English and some of these have used cricket as a way to make new friends.

They have also improved their language skills, self-esteem, behaviour and academic performance in the process.

Mr Tebbutt said: “We are delighted. We have a number of teachers and staff who love cricket, especially me.

“Their enthusiasm and their dedication towards cricket is passed on to the children. Chance to Shine has been crucial in that.

“The coaches run fantastic sessions for the children and hopefully some of them will turn into lifelong cricketers. 

“Every child leaves our school loving cricket.”