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It’s back to school for England cricket captain

Budding cricketers were bowled over this week when cricket great Graham Gooch OBE paid a visit to their school to unveil two new practice nets.

The former Essex and England captain returned to his old school – Norlington School for Boys, in Leyton – to officially open the cricket practice nets on Monday December 1.

The £50,000 new playground facility was funded by Waltham Forest Council to give pupils more opportunities to get into sport – and to complement the school’s strong cricket ethos. 

Cllr Mark Rusling, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Meeting one of England’s most successful cricketers will hopefully have inspired pupils at Norlington to work hard and achieve great things of their own.

“We want to encourage young people in Waltham Forest to get into sport and give them as many opportunities as possible to lead active lives – and building new facilities like this plays an important part in achieving these goals.”

Norlington’s Assistant Headteacher Paul Hobbs said: “We are delighted to be able to provide our students with such an excellent facility and equally delighted that Graham came back to open it for us. The nets will allow our students to continue to compete at the top level of schools cricket and I am sure we will produce more England captains.”

Norlington School for Boys is part of Essex Cricket’s Chance to Shine programme, which uses cricket to help enrich the broader school curriculum and encourage greater participation in sport through regular clubs and competitions.

Headteacher at Norlington, John Hernandez, said: “Staff and students are working tirelessly to realise the school’s aim; to become the number one boys’ school in the country – our boys deserve it. These nets provide us with a key resource to help us realise this goal and build on our already exceptional enrichment programme.”

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