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Astley Sports College Have a Day to Remember
Tuesday 28th October 2014 @ 12:00 by Mark Phillip

Tuesday afternoon proved to be a memorable day for 40 local youngsters as they were treated to a cricketing master class from two national stars.

And it’s all because Kate Cross and Stephen Parry, who both represent England, took to Astley Sports Village in a bid to offer their expertise to the excited entourage of youths.

Lancashire Bowler Stephen Parry who enjoyed his day with the youngsters

Lancashire Bowler Stephen Parry who enjoyed his day with the youngsters

The event proved to be memorable occasion in more than one way, with the Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation and Manchester United Foundation joining together for the first time in history.

The landmark day was made all the more better thanks to the Autumnal sunshine that beat the astro surface.

Those lucky enough to take part in the mornings activities found themselves embroiled in a number of drills and circuits, before putting their skills to use in a game situation.

It wasn’t only the youngsters who got some much needed practice in before the big game, as both Kate and Stephen showcased their stuff with a formidable batting performance.

The morning appeared to have made a lasting impression on Tameside Cricket Development spokesman Dave Bardsley, who stated “This was an excellent opportunity for our youngsters to be inspired by these two cricketers.

“With it being a local Dukinfield lad and a female England professional, it made it more real for the children.”

Jen Laycock, who is the Lancashire Cricket Board’s Women and Girls Development Officer echoed Daves sentiments and said “Having Kate available to work with girls through The Chance to Shine programme is invaluable as we broaden the reach of the women’s game.”

Robert Curran, who works closely with Astley Sports College as part of their link with the Manchester United Foundation reiterated the importance of such events. He said “It’s always good to carry out activities with other sports clubs such as Lancashire and the pupils have benefitted massively from todays event.

“Not everyone is a football fan and having the opportunity to try their hand at activities such as cricket is important for allowing other sporting skills to develop.”