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What is the role of Cricket in PE lessons?
Throughout my playing career I always coached. The majority of the coaching I have delivered has generally been in a school environment ranging from reception through to 6th form students.
Very often I went into schools to look for the next Heather Knight or Natalie Sciver, and often I would come across some naturally gifted athletes who grasped the concept of cricket very quickly. As good as this is, (and don’t get me wrong, it is something I still look for when visiting schools!), there is still a wider role that delivering cricket in school needs to play.
This realisation was enhanced last summer during a school visit in the Midlands. At this particular school, the pupils were filing out as normal and started on their routine one lap run around the astro turf prescribed by the PE staff. Then, for one reason or another, there were the pupils who weren’t taking part in the lesson. As coaches we are always taught to keep everyone involved, so I asked the non-participants to help run some of the stations we had set up. These included some skills based drills, and also some games. By the end of the session, those girls, who were still in their full uniform by the way, had got permission from their teachers to join in with the practical session.
This may seem like something small, but for me it showed that those girls who regularly opted out of PE, obviously having a negative association with PE, had found something they enjoyed doing and were actually quite good at.
Without out sounding (too) biased, cricket is a game where success can be experienced by many, not just a few. You don’t have to be naturally sporty or be the most agile, it is something where young girls often find success, and more importantly, it makes them feel included in something. The power of sport and positive experiences pupils get from it should never be underestimated and I think PE has a huge role to ensuring participation for all is appealing.