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by: conrad_a_bedford


Over the past few years Cricket Espana has formed a cricketing partnership with Essex county cricket club, the main reason behind this was to try and find ways of introducing young people to play cricket in Spain using ideas from ECB.

Since that time Essex County Cricket club have visited Spain on a number of occasions visiting schools in Madrid Barcelona and on the coast in the Costa Blanca region, coaching Spanish students and teaching them the game of Street Cricket. 


Neil Brook recently got in touch with Chris Drummond (Development Officer at Essex) and discussed their inspirational schools program as Neil worked with a Phoenix International School in Alicante region who have shown a great desire to use cricket as part on the sporting curriculum. As a result of these discussions it was decided that Norlington School in Essex would visit Spain.
We’ve planned a visit of young leaders from Norlington school who have raised funds by themselves and with support of ex pupil and England Captain Graham Gooch they will visit Spain for 4 days in March, where they will go and visit some schools in the Alicante and Murcia regions guided by Essex coaches, to give coaching lessons to young students from Spanish schools, the final day will see them run a mini cricket tournament for boys and girls of mixed age groups.
They have a tight schedule where they will be met at Alicante airport on Tuesday morning by representatives of Phoenix School then invited to the school for Tapas and Paella for lunch.
In the afternoon they will meet the students and run some cricket coaching sessions.

On Wednesday the leaders from Norlington will head off in to two groups, one visiting schools in the Alicante region with the other group visiting schools in the Murcia regions of Spain.

Thursday will be the tournament held at CDM sports center Orihuela Costa hosted by Phoenix International School, and then Friday the group from Norlington school will depart for the UK.
Neil Brook

Tournament Schedule Primary

CDM sports Center Orihuela Costa


10.30     Newton College  v  Phoenix School

11.00     Kings College Murcia v El Limonar Murcia

11.30     Newton College v Kings College Murcia

12.00     Phoenix School v El Limonar Murcia

12.30     Newton College v El Limonar Murcia

13.00     Phoenix School v Kings College Murcia

13.30      3rd v 4th

14.00    Final

elisj            nc  



Norlington School Visit to Spain Schedule


Tues 1st March 

10.10 Arr Alicante Airport Ryanair from Stn Welcome party to meet Norlington School. Photographer present

11.15: Dep for La Zenia Hotel Orihuela Costa.

12.00 Check in La Zenia Hotel

13.00 Arr Phoenix international school for lunch (Spanish Tapas)

13.40: Leaders to run Cricket coaching lessons.

14.30: Break

14.50: Primary students to perform a cricket play

15.15: Short lesson on Leadership with selected students from all years.

16.00: Depart to Hotel as per Norlington evening schedule.


Weds 2nd March 

Students and staff split in to two groups A & B.

Group A

10,00 Group A depart for Newton College Elche.

11.00 Arr Newton College prepare and lead coaching session.

13.00 Dep for El Limonar School Murcia.

13.45 Arr El Limonar School have lunch.

14.15 Prepare and lead coaching session.

16.00 Dep for Hotel as per Norlington evening schedule.

Group B

10,30 Group B depart for CEIP San Isidro school LosBelones, Cartegena.

11.30 Arr CEIP San Isidro school prepare and lead coaching session.

13.30 Dep for Kings College School Murcia.

14.00 Arr Kings College School have lunch.

14.30 Prepare and lead coaching session.

16.15 Dep for Hotel as per Norlington evening schedule.


Thurs 3rd March

09.00 Students dep Hotel for CDM sports center Orihuela Costa

09.15 Students arrive CDM sports center to prepare for tournament.

09.45 Schools start to arrive for tournament.

10.15 Tournament briefing.

10.30 Tournament starts

14.45 Presentation

15.00 Schools depart

15.30 Norlington dep for Hotel as per evening schedule.


Fri 4th Mar

07.00 Norlington School depart for Alicante airport, 10.45 dep for Stn

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