Cricket and Countryside Education Days

  • 19 days at the Belvoir Estate to give schools the opportunity to bring their pupils to take part in outdoor learning away from the classroom – 2 hours of sports
    coaching and 2½ hours of countryside education
  • Children learn from specialists, ECB Level 2 and 3 coaches and countryside educationalists such as the farmer, woodman, gamekeeper, huntsman, gun-dog
    handlers, fishing enthusiasts and the birds of prey keepers
  • Giving the opportunity for rural and inner city primary school children to visit the countryside
  • Teaching staff are given skills and knowledge to develop their own PE delivery, learning from highly qualified coaching professionals

2018 Outcomes

  • 23 primary schools from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire visited the Estate
  • 1,496 children and over 100 school staff attended
  • With the support of Her Grace the Duchess of Rutland and the Belvoir Estate staff, 22 volunteers assisted on the days
  • The Trust’s Countryside Learning Resource was sent to all the schools, enabling them to further develop their own use of the day to enhance their delivery of the National Curriculum

Quotes from the schools

‘The birds of prey were awesome because I got to see an owl’

‘My favourite part of the day was orienteering because I
enjoyed the challenge’

‘My favourite part of the day was playing cricket as I have never played it before’

Pupils from Huntingtower Academy, Grantham

‘Our Year 3s and Year 4s had an amazing day in such a beautiful setting. The children enjoyed working with the fantastic coaches to develop their
cricket skills. The children also absolutely loved interacting with the hounds and this was the highlight of the day for many children!’

Lisa Ironmonger, Harlaxton Primary School


2019 Aims

  • Continue to extend the reach of the Trust to include new schools from the area and to increase participation from rural and inner city schools
  • Work closely with the schools to develop our learning resource further to include the cricket element for them to use following their visit, to utilise the day’s activities across their own school’s curriculum
  • Use the school days to promote exit routes for continued sports activity out of school hours, promoting our Belvoir Bees Junior cricket coaching programme
  • Where possible look to twin schools from different backgrounds and build new relationships (i.e. small rural schools with larger, multi-cultural inner city schools)