Warwickshire’s cricket stars warmed up for this weekend’s big domestic cup final appearance at Lord’s by delivering a masterclass to primary school children.
Captain Ian Bell and batsman Sam Hain attended the Coventry branch of leading builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse – who are main shirt sponsors to Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears – to pass on cricketing tips and advice to 20 year six pupils from Little Heath Primary School.
The Chance to Shine Street cricket coaching session took place on the car park of the Selco branch on Austin Drive, with Warwickshire Cricket Board coaches supporting Ian and Sam in coaching the excited 10 and 11 year-olds.
The event was held to mark Warwickshire reaching Saturday’s Royal London One-Day Cup final against Surrey at Lord’s .
Ian Bell said: “It’s a big week for us and getting out into the community to coach youngsters is a fantastic way to start it.
“There were some talented players there and, who knows, one or two of them might be Warwickshire stars of the future.
“We are all really looking forward to Saturday, it’s a big day for the entire club and hopefully we can get the right result and make it a day to remember for the supporters.”
Simon Humpage, marketing manager for Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We were thrilled to host the Warwickshire players and children from Little Heath Primary School. It was a perfect way to end our second year of being the major sponsor to Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
“We all have our fingers crossed that Ian and the team can rise to the occasion at Lord’s on Saturday and win the Royal London One-Day Cup.”
Jonathan Sanders, year six teacher at Little Heath, said: “It’s not every day school children get coached by professional sportsmen and our pupils loved it.
“Hopefully it will encourage a number of them to take cricket up and try and improve their skills.”
Selco’s Coventry branch supplies everything needed to build a house or carry out refurb jobs, including doors, windows, insulation, roofing, heating, plumbing supplies, lighting, electrical products, kitchens, bathrooms and timber.
As with all Selco branches, it offers an in-branch café, trade services, direct-to-site delivery options and van size parking spaces, all designed to make it easier for tradespeople to get back onto the job as soon as possible.
For more information on Selco visit www.selcobw.com.