The four day cricket match between Derbyshire and Yorkshire – at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield this week - will be attended by 500 local school children.
The juniors will form a guard of honour as the players enter the field, receive a talk regarding the values and history of the game, play Kwik Cricket on the field during the interval and gain autograph opportunities with players.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant - Chesterfield Borough Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism - hopes attending the match will inspire the youngsters, from 19 different schools spread over three days, to take up sport.
Serjeant, said: “As a parent and a teacher, I am pleased that school children in the borough will be given the opportunity to watch and take part in the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
“With the Ashes taking place at the moment, interest in the sport is at a high.
“One of our aims is to develop a healthier and active community and giving children the opportunities to engage in sport is vital.
“Giving them the chance not only to play cricket but also meet their sporting heroes, get autographs and learn more about the game is very special.
“Hopefully, this will give them a real insight into the life of professional sportsmen and see how important playing sport on a regular basis is to leading a healthy lifestyle.”
Cricket Derbyshire Partnerships Director Ryan Duckett added: “Cricket Derbyshire is delighted to be working in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and local schools to introduce these youngsters to our game.
“It is a demonstration of how the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket can add real value to the Chesterfield community. We hope the youngsters are inspired to take up the sport, both as players and spectators, as a result of their visit.”
The annual Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket is brought to the town by Derbyshire County Cricket Club each year in association with Chesterfield Borough Council.
Five days of cricket remain in the 2013 event following a bumper attendance at the opening Friends Life t20 fixture on Sunday and a successful Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20 on Monday evening.
The LV= County Championship clash with Yorkshire, in which local boy Ben Slater is set to feature for Derbyshire, takes place each day from Wednesday to Saturday with an 11am start.
The Festival then concludes with a crucial Friends Life t20 encounter versus Durham Dynamos on Sunday, 2.30pm start.
Supporters can benefit from discounted prices by purchasing in advance of the day they are attending. Visit derbyshireccc.com or call 01332 388 101 to buy tickets; or visit Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre.
Admission on the day of the game is priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors, £5 car parking.
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