Cricket Coaching: Monday 23rd October

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Our students and teachers had the privilege of meeting former England cricket captain Mr Michael Gatting on Monday 23rd October during the whole school assembly in the MPH. He shared with them his experiences of being a professional cricketer, including the challenges of leading the England team. Mike played for his country from 1977 to 1995 and captained the national side in 23 test matches between 1986 and 1988. It was inspiring to see him draw upon the element of ‘Resilience’ in overcoming the obstacles he faced then and improving his mastery of the game throughout his prolific career.

Mr Gatting related how the teams he captained had recovered from the physical exhaustion of matches and of course, the infamous incident in the West Indies when his nose was struck by the force of the ball! “The team provides the emotional energy to keep you going. As the team works together, everyone pulls their own weight; therein lies the synergy,” he said. His anecdotes resonate well with and reinforce the four BLP habits (Resilience; Resourcefulness; Reciprocity; Reflection) that form the pillars of the teaching pedagogy at SKISS.

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Later that sunny morning on the field, the Year 8s had the opportunity to learn and practise how cricket is played on the pitch. It was wonderful to see the children having fun and experiencing a new sport. The atmosphere was lively as each student received individual coaching attention from Mike and Mr Richard Gomersall from Brooks MacDonald. They showed trust and respect for one another while learning the basic gameplay of being a bowler and striking batsman. Some students showed strong interest during the session; if only Mike could coach our students here year round!

Thank you to Ms Chuah and Mr Peryer for organising his visit to the school. This cricket coaching clinic is sponsored by the Yang Foundation, Kingdom Education Foundation and Brooks MacDonald (the major sponsor of the Middlesex County Cricket Club, Mike’s home club at Lord’s). The coaching session focused on developing coordination skills and sporting etiquette through cricket. I am sure everyone had an enjoyable time.