Somerset County Cricket Club were in attendance at a special leisure fair last week (Thursday).
The event was organised for children with special educational needs by students from Richard Huish Business School as part of their Foundation Degree in Sports Development and Coaching.
The fair took place at Bishops Foxs Secondary School in Taunton, and included different sport and leisure activities. A number of organisations within Somerset were represented including Somerset County Cricket Club, SASP, Wiveliscombe Rugby Club, Crowcombe British Wadokai and Taunton Sasori Te Karate Jutsu.
The main aim was to develop links between the children at the school with sports clubs within the community. The event gave Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students the opportunity to try different sports and leisure activities whilst having fun doing so.
Somerset spinner Jack Leach, a former Bishop Foxs pupil, was on hand to give out some of the prizes and sign autographs whilst our mascot Stumpy was put through his paces as part of the Kwik Cricket activity. Its been awesome, said Jack. I have some great memories here and a lot of people to thank for my development so it was a privilege to be back.
The kids looked like they were having a good time. I always look to take the opportunity to give something back especially to the people that have helped me. I was once sat in this hall taking part in things like this so its been really good. Michelle Burston was one of those who helped to organise and run the event and she was delighted by how well it was received: Its been really good. Weve been planning this since October and have worked with some really good partners.
All the children seemed to enjoy it and its been a fantastic day. Another of the event organisers was Matt Parkman: To have a day especially for children with special educational needs has been great he said. I think that something like this is imperative because PE doesnt always specifically cater for children with special educational needs