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Kids bowled over by Football-Cricket fusion!
 Women's Football News 23 Oct 2008
Basildon will provide the setting for a unique Football and Cricket Fun Day on Wednesday 29th October when shin pads and boots meet bat and ball at Woodlands School as part of a joint project between the Essex County Football Association and Essex County Cricket Club.
Girls in school years five to eight will take part in the fun and games as part of an initiative to offer youngsters the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity who may otherwise have preferred sprinting to their X-Box rather than running between wickets.
Essex CCC approached Girls' & Women's Football Development Officer Emma Wake and Community Coach Lucy Faraday about the possibility of working in tandem to provide a morning of football training and an afternoon of cricket skills, with two groups of children rotating between the two. Lucy recalls warming to the idea, and explains: "We're all in favour of working together with whoever we can to encourage more girls into physical exercise. This joint venture is something that could be employed between any sports as it's often the case that girls of a young age are interested in more than one."
The participating children will benefit from both skill and technique sessions and fun-based activities centering around both sports either side of lunch time, with the sessions tailored to suit all abilities so experience in either sport is not needed. During the course of the day a yet to be confirmed 'Sporting Champion' will also be in attendance to spur the youngsters on, and Lucy believes this will be a valuable boost.
"From our experience of previous events where a famous sporting name has come along, the kids have enjoyed reading about them and asking questions about their sport, their training and how they worked towards the top of their game," she added. "We are hoping for another successful day as this is the first time anything like this has been done within the Essex area. If this proves to be a winner then we anticipate running more events by taking them to different parts of Essex and also the London Boroughs."
Places are still available to be filled at this half-term event, and interest and booking should be directed to Crystal at Essex County Cricket Club on (01245) 254027 or via e-mail at crystal.wuyts.essex@ecb.co.uk. The session cost is just £2 per child.

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