New School Sports Programme Launched at Lord's Cricket Ground
22nd March 2011
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A radical new scheme to encourage school children to play sport by holding sessions in London's most famous sporting venues has been launched this month.

The scheme was officially launched by ex-Australian Cricketer and Chief of the Marylebone Cricket Club, Keith Bradshaw, who was joined by dozens of school children to unveil the new proposals. These proposals will allow school groups to train and receive expert coaching at the historic Lord's Cricket Ground, as part of their school curriculum.

It is also hoped that leading football and rubgy clubs will follow suite and join the programme by opening their doors to the city's youngsters for regular sessions. The programme is also recruiting volunteers to help run and support these extra-curricular sports clubs, with additional training provided for them.

Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “This is a great scheme that is about harnessing the power of leading sports clubs to encourage our young people to live more active and healthy lifestyles.

“I hope that by offering our students the opportunity to play sport in some of the most historic venues in the country we may well see more students want to take part in sport and achieve their full sporting potential.

“The scheme is also about utilising the huge amount of untapped support that is out there in the local community to support and lead sports clubs and activities and increase the amount of provision available for children outside of school.”

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