ENGLAND cricketer Craig Kieswetter gave Bridgwater schoolchildren a morning to remember when he joined them for an assembly and coaching session.

Alongside coaches from Wembdon Cricket Club, Kieswetter inspired youngsters from Wembdon St George’s Primary School with an interactive assembly designed to increase their understanding of the importance of playing fair.

The assembly featured a video, created in partnership with the Chance to Shine project which teaches players the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ such as respecting opposition, team-mates and officials, whilst being encouraged to play hard but fair.

An activity was held after the assembly, which saw children compete to win ‘the Ashes’, a replica Ashes urn supplied by London’s Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which the school will use as a prize for cricket matches and competitions throughout the summer.

Kieswetter said: “I really enjoyed the MCC Spirit of Cricket assembly. The kids really engaged with the topic and asked some great questions.

“For me, learning to compete to win is an important life session, it helps you to understand how to win and lose.”

Andy Fairbairn, Cricket Development Manager from Somerset Cricket Board said: “Wembdon Cricket Club have built up fantastic links with Wembdon St George’s Primary School and to have Craig Kieswetter launching the 2013 Chance to Shine project at the school was a fantastic start.

“We have 18 clubs in Somerset delivering cricket in 74 primary and 19 secondary schools thanks to Chance to Shine support.”

For more information about Wembdon Cricket Club contact wemdoncricket@gmail.com.