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Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust join forces with army

The Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust has joined forces with the army to provide exciting new activities to primary schools across the region.

The charity is developing links with HQ 7 the Infantry Brigade at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham.

The initiative has seen soldiers deliver team building exercises as part of the trust’s popular countryside education days which run every summer term on the Belvoir Estate for schools within a 30-mile radius of Belvoir Castle and for children of service personnel.

The Cricket and Countryside Trust have joined forces with the army. (14826601)
The Cricket and Countryside Trust have joined forces with the army. (14826601)

Pupils at Harlaxton Primary School were some of the first to take part last month as part of their annual summer education day with the trust.

On the day they enjoyed a variety of cricket skill drills and a fun team game in the morning before breaking for lunch.

They then met a farmer in the afternoon as well as a gamekeeper and working dogs.

“They also had a go at archery and were the first youngsters to experience the army’s team building exercises during their visit.

Pupils at Harlaxton on their cricket activity day. (14826593)
Pupils at Harlaxton on their cricket activity day. (14826593)

Former professional cricketer Darren Bicknell, chief executive of the trust, is delighted with the new partnership.

He said: “Our cricket and countryside education days represent outdoor learning at its best, opening children’s eyes to what sport and the countryside has to offer them so they are inspired to lead healthy active lives.

“We are delighted to team up with the army. The new activities went down a storm with the children and we will look to build on them next summer.”

The trust has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, making a commitment to honour the armed forces and support the armed forces community. The covenant recognises the value serving personnel, veterans and military families contribute to our country.

Major John Ahern, of the Royal Signals, 7 th Infantry Brigade and HQ East is keen for the partnership to help build youngsters confidence.

He said: “We had a great day working with the trust to help the youngsters build their self-confidence and develop their leadership skills.

“It was a great learning experience in a fun atmosphere that we hope has benefited the youngsters.”

Zoe Richardson, armed forces community covenant outreach officer for Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe, added: “It is great that another organisation has signed the armed forces covenant and now also received their Bronze employer recognition scheme award.

“It is also great to see the exciting new activities now on offer in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir to primary schools from across the region.

“A huge thank you goes out to all for supporting the armed forces

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