Cricket star Graeme Swann gets surprise from former teachers at Northampton school visit

Former England star Graeme Swann surprised Abington Vale pupils in their school assembly before his former teachers made an entrance and surprised him right back.

Thursday, 27th June 2019, 7:20 pm
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.

The Strictly Come Dancing Star was in town yesterday (June 27) to celebrate Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week and inspire budding cricketers.

After the assembly, Swann joined 40 students from Years 3 to 6 outside in the playing field to take part in cricket activity, where he gave the youngsters batting tips.

He said: “I’ve loved being back at my old school and meeting some of my former teachers was a highlight.

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Swann reminisced about PE lessons with his former teachers, and shared an anecdote on how he was the only child able to climb the gym ropes.

"Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is a brilliant initiative from Chance to Shine and a fantastic effort to get 1,500 schools playing cricket this week.

"It brought back a lot of good memories and I hope I can inspire some of these children to be England players of the future.”

Chance to Shine is a national cricket charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play and learn through cricket.

They deliver coaching sessions to 500,000 young people a year, teaching children across the country life skills like teamwork, communication and leadership through the sport.

The ex-England cricketer answered questions about his sporting career in the childrens' assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Abington Vale Primary School headteacher Laura Cichuta said: “It’s been a wonderful day for the children who have been inspired by Graeme’s visit.

"They have spent time with someone who has achieved so much in his career and who like them went to Abington Vale.

"Sports like cricket play a major part at the school and teaches the children teamwork, leadership and social skills.

"Seth, 10, said: “I’m so pleased that Graeme came to see us today."We’ve never had a celebrity visit and to have one that used to come to the school is really inspirational.

Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.

"I love cricket and to meet one of my heroes is a dream come true."

Words cannot express how I feel.”

Into its sixth year, Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week is a celebration of cricket that sees around 1,500 schools take part and this year runs from 24 – 28 June.

Chance to Shine and Yorkshire Tea work together to inspire thousands of children across the country to take part in cricket-themed activities in the classroom, playground and community hubs across England and Wales.

Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds.