A group of 22 primary school children aged between eight and eleven visited The 1st Central County Ground as part of a special sports and nutrition themed IntoUniversity Holiday FOCUS half-term activity week.
The one-day health event was hosted by the Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) and formed part of an IntoUniversity activity week designed to help the children learn about the positive benefits of healthy lifestyles.
The Sussex Cricket Foundation offers a range of programmes within the community aimed at creating better futures for all by increasing participation, inspiring education and improving health.
The 22 children are all regular attendees of an IntoUniversity learning centre in Brighton.IntoUniversity Brighton supports Sussex children from disadvantaged backgrounds by helping them reach their potential through activities such as after-school homework support, in-school workshops, holiday clubs and extra English and Maths support.
IntoUniversity is a national education charity operating a network of learning centres. At each centre the charity offers an award-winning programme of after-school academic support, mentoring and aspiration-raising workshops, designed to help young people attain a university place or another chosen aspiration. The charity worked with 29,000 young people last year. IntoUniversity's Brighton centre opened in Moulsecoomb in 2014 in partnership with the University of Sussex.
During the SCF ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ Activity Day, delivered by the SCF Health Team, the children enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of The 1st Central County Ground, including a guided tour of the museum and its First World War exhibits. They also had the chance to take part in a ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ health workshop in the SCF Learning Centre and to play a game of Kwik Cricket in the Aerotron Indoor School.
Vanessa Potter, Head of Education & Health at the Sussex Cricket Foundation said: “Sport and physical activity can have a significant impact on both the mental and physical health of children and can also have a positive impact on academic attainment.
“By educating children about the importance of physical activity in a fun and engaging way, we can tackle issues such as childhood obesity and also help children achieve the many benefits that being active can bring.
“IntoUniversity are doing great work in our community and we were delighted to offer our Healthy Mind, Health Body Activity Day to their pupils as part of their half term activity week.
“Sussex Cricket believes that by working in partnership with local charities like IntoUniversity, we can achieve our common goal of helping children and young people reach their potential, develop a love of sport and enjoy the mental and physical benefits that being active can bring to their lives.”
George Linfield, Education Worker at IntoUniversity Brighton said: “It was amazing to be able to take a group of our Primary students to Sussex County Cricket Club as part of our Sports & Nutrition Holiday FOCUS week.
“Sussex Cricket Foundation organised a great day, which culminated in a really fun coaching session in the Aerotron Indoor School used by the Professional Squad for training.
“The students had a fantastic time, and learnt a lot about cricket and the benefits of playing sport. The trip was definitely one of the highlights of the week!”
One of the IntoUniversity Brighton students in attendance added: “The best thing about the week was going to Sussex Cricket Ground because I don't play cricket and it encouraged me to play cricket and I also hope it would encourage others to play as well.”