Pupils from St Peter’s C of E Aided School were treated to a once in a lifetime opportunity as they took part in the national anthem ceremony for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match between the West Indies and New Zealand in Taunton.
St Peter’s C of E Aided School were selected as one of 27 schools and colleges from across the country to act as the national anthem flag bearers thanks to TeamUp, an initiative developed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball, to encourage 7-13-year-old girls to experience the benefits of sport.
26 pupils from the school based in Exeter took centre stage as they walked onto the field displaying the nations’ flags. The pupils were also given the opportunity to play a game of cricket on the outfield during the half-time interval, whilst receiving advice from leading cricket coaches.
Hannah Bale, Physical Education Teacher at St Peter’s C of E Aided School who attended the World Cup match with the school children, said: “We had an amazing day and it was a real hit with our pupils, with many of them having never been to a sports stadium before. Everyone was impressed by the standard and are really keen to watch women’s sport more frequently in the future.”
By giving school pupils the opportunity to attend live women’s sport, the TeamUp initiative hopes to inspire a younger generation of girls to want to give team sports a try, and with local heroes to aspire to in Heather Knight, England Women’s Cricket captain, and Giselle Ansley, England Hockey player, Hannah can see this happening already. Hannah adds: “Being a part of the World Cup game has certainly helped cricket grown within our school, and we’re looking at going to live sport again soon in our local area.
“I spotted the TeamUp initiative in a netball magazine and thought it would be really beneficial both in supporting our teaching of sport to girls in school and to our pupils with the prizes available. I enrolled on a hockey course through TeamUp which was really useful, and I’ve since taught the course to other PE teachers at our school. TeamUp is a fantastic resource for teachers and I would highly recommend other schools to sign up.”
For access to money-can’t-buy prizes and experiences, resources for teacher delivery and information about training opportunities, sign your school up to TeamUp now: www.teamupengland.com