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Cricket: Lord's hosts Chance to Shine Schools' Open Day

PUBLISHED: 15:20 13 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:20 13 June 2019

Local schoolchildren enjoy the ICC Chance to Shine at Lord's (pic Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Local schoolchildren enjoy the ICC Chance to Shine at Lord's (pic Luke Walker/Getty Images)

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Lord's Cricket Ground welcomed 450 children from schools across the country as part of the annual Chance to Shine Schools' Open Day, supported by Yorkshire Tea.

Youngsters enjoy the ICC Chance to Shine event at Lord's (pic Luke Walker/Getty Images)Youngsters enjoy the ICC Chance to Shine event at Lord's (pic Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Pupils were joined by England cricket legend Matt Prior and got to go behind the scenes at the Home of Cricket.

The day consisted of an assembly, led by Prior, emphasising the values of cricket, focusing on teamwork, perseverance and fair play. with pupils touring the Pavilion and JP Morgan Media Centre before playing cricket in MCC's Cricket Academy and cake decorating in the Nursery Pavilion.

Delivered in partnership with MCC's Community Development department, the day included schools from across Westminster who receive coaching from MCC's Community Coaches.

The schoolchildren all had the once in a lifetime opportunity to play cricket on the main Ground where the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Final will take place this summer.

A young cricket fan takes a selfie with former England player Matt Prior at the ICC Chance to Shine event at Lord's (pic Luke Walker/Getty Images)A young cricket fan takes a selfie with former England player Matt Prior at the ICC Chance to Shine event at Lord's (pic Luke Walker/Getty Images)

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Prior said: "This has been a fantastic day for the children involved and an incredibly inspiring visit. I treasure my memories playing at the most famous ground in the world and I hope that the children here today will have formed memories that will last with them for a long time.

"Chance to Shine, Yorkshire Tea and MCC are doing some brilliant work here in giving opportunities to children and bringing them into the world of cricket."

Nine-year-old Anaiah added: "I've enjoyed today very much. My favourite thing was playing cricket. I felt really happy to meet Matt Prior."

Classmate Adnan said: "It was great because we had lots of fun learning about cricket and the players. My favourite part of the day was playing cricket in the indoor school, I kept on catching the ball. Cricket is good, I like batting the most."

Chance to Shine and Yorkshire Tea work together to inspire thousands of children across the country to take part in cricketing activity in the classroom and on the playground.

As well as inspiring pupils at the Schools' Open Day, the two organisations work together to get schools all across the country playing cricket during Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week. The week takes place from June 24-28 and over 1,500 are expected to take part.

For more information about MCC in the Community visit lords.org. Find out more at chancetoshine.org.

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