Joseph Hood Primary School won the annual Kwik Cricket festival in a tightly contested match against Hillcross Primary School on Thursday 21 June.
The match was a fitting finale to a tournament that involved over 100 matches, 35 schools and 350 children.
The event was run by Merton School Sport Partnership in partnership with Surrey County Cricket Board and hosted by The Old Rutlishians Cricket Club. The competition is sponsored nationally by Asda and the winning school had the added incentive of representing Merton at the Surrey final, held at the Brit Oval in early July 2007.
This event is an excellent example of the success of Merton School Sport Partnership in bringing together key local partners to increase the amount of PE and school sport opportunities available to children.
Steve Day, Partnership Development Manager of Merton School Sport Partnership said:
“This year’s Kwik Cricket programme was the most comprehensive yet. We brought together a local cricket club, Surrey County Cricket Club, volunteers from Rutlish Secondary School and over 35 primary schools to compete firstly in their local cluster, and then at the final day itself. This is a perfect example of how to get young people engaged in competitive sport through their schools, which we hope will lead them into sport for life”.
Chris Bullen, Cricket Development Manager at Surrey County Cricket Club said:
“We are delighted to see so many boys and girls playing and enjoying cricket and this is a perfect example of the English and Wales Cricket Board’s National ‘Building Partnerships Strategy’ in action”.