Eoin Morgan and Charlotte Edwards taken to task by junior journalists

England cricket stars Eoin Morgan and Charlotte Edwards visited an Uxbridge Primary School on Thursday 30 March. Eoin and Charlotte taught the pupils from St Andrew’s C of E Primary School about the values of cricket as well leading a coaching session where they passed on some of their top tips.

Charlotte Edwards, a former England captain, led an MCC Spirit of Cricket assembly that culminated in an exciting bowl-off. The assembly introduced the children to the values of hard-work, fair play and respect that are vital to the integrity of the sport.

Eoin and Charlotte were then given a grilling from Year 5 pupils Jay and Ayesha who had been practising their journalist skills. This summer, Chance to Shine and Yorkshire Tea are running a competition to find the nation’s top Junior Journalists. We’re looking for a brilliant broadcaster and a perfect print reporter in two age categories (11 and under, and 12 -16).

Speaking at the event, Eoin Morgan said: It’s been an awesome morning playing cricket in the blazing sunshine here at St Andrew’s. Thanks to Chance to Shine and Yorkshire Tea for inviting me down here today. We’ve been looking for the best junior journalists in the country and the pupils here today have definitely shown they’ve got the talent.

Charlotte Edwards added Chance to Shine has always been really close to my heart and coming in and teaching the children about the spirit of the game and then putting it into practice on the playground is fantastic.

Ayesha, St Andrew’s pupil, aged 10 said It’s been amazing having Eoin and Charlotte in, loved it. They’re brilliant cricketers and I really appreciate them teaching us what they’ve learnt in their careers.

To enter the Junior Journalist competition, pupils are being asked to submit a written report of their favourite cricketing moment or a recorded report on a cricket match.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts including: Michael Vaughan – former England captain and BBC TMS commentator, Nick Hoult of the Daily Telegraph, Phil Walker of All Out Cricket magazine, Alison Mitchell and Tim Abraham.

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