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Schools can set shinning example.

With the new cricket season only weeks away, six North East schools are being offered their "Chance to Shine."

The Cricket Foundation, a national charity supported by the English Cricket Board, has agreed to finance a 15-week scheme in North Tyneside which will see coaches from Tynemouth Cricket Club deliver structured cricket lessons this summer. The scheme could last for up to 10 years.

Tynemouth was selected as one of the first national scheme clubs on the back of successful work in schools in the last few years.

The successful schools are John Spence Sports College, King Edwards Primary, Preston Grange Primary, Christ Church Primary, Spring Gardens Primary and Valley Gardens Middle School.

They can look forward to 12 weeks' coaching this summer along with matches, teacher training opportunities and facility and equipment provision.

A further three weeks of holiday camps will be run at the club.

Tynemouth director of coaching Russell Perry said: "The schools have already shown commitment to the work the Northumberland Cricket Board has done and this is a fantastic reward for them."

The Tynemouth club is also celebrating a triple bonus with an award of pounds 5,000 from Awards for All, pounds 250 from RBS as part of their staff community investment scheme and pounds 2,400 from their Buy A Brick Appeal.

The money will help complete the refurbishment of the pavilion.

The club are gearing up for the weekend of April 8 and 9 when they take part in the NatWest Cricketforce Volunteer weekend.

Volunteers are invited to help with painting and general cleaning tasks.

Anyone who can assist with items, such as paint, fence paint or brushes, should contact John Carr on 07813 737 133.

Meanwhile, Perry was elected new Tynemouth chairman at the club's annual meeting.

Perry, 46, the club's former captain and current director of coaching, succeeds Don Norton.

The meeting re-elected Graeme Hallam as first XI captain, Tony Lion as second XI skipper, Steve Mordue as third XI captain and Nicola House was re-elected women's captain while Perry will continue in his coaching role.

Nick Forster, 17, who represented Northumberland Under-17s, was presented with the Paul Jackson Young Player of the Year Award following a senior debut season which saw him average more than 50 with the bat and break into the first team.

A meeting of the North East Midweek League will be held at Gateshead Fell Cricket Club on Wednesday, April 5 (7.30).
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 8, 2006
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