Howzat! All-year cricket at school

PUBLISHED: 12:44 15 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:14 28 May 2010

Children at William Marshall Primary School help former England cricketers Devon Malcolm and Jack Birkenshaw test out the new cage.

Children at William Marshall Primary School help former England cricketers Devon Malcolm and Jack Birkenshaw test out the new cage.

CHILDREN at the William Marshall Primary School, Welney, will now be able to play cricket all-year round thanks to a new initiative launched by a Welney business. Johnjac Cricket Supplies are aiming to introduce their unique folding cricket cages in to sc

David Goodwin grabs the opportunity to take home a prized autograph.

CHILDREN at the William Marshall Primary School, Welney, will now be able to play cricket all-year round thanks to a new initiative launched by a Welney business.

Johnjac Cricket Supplies are aiming to introduce their unique folding cricket cages in to schools throughout the country and they started on Monday, when the company donated its very first cage to its local school.

With the help of Johnjac's directors and former England test cricketers, Jack Birkenshaw and Devon Malcolm, a new cage was installed and tested by the surprised and delighted schoolchildren.

Devon Malcolm said: "Our cages are perfect for schools because they can be used in any weather and folded away when not in use.

Unfolding the cage

"No-one else is making these kind of cages and we are determined to get them out there so that more youngsters can start playing cricket."

The cage at Welney was donated for free, but Johnjac will work with the Cricket Foundation in order to offer cages to other schools.

Devon said: "We hope that this will be the start of a nationwide initiative. It can be difficult for schools to provide facilities for children to play cricket but this kind of equipment makes it much easier."

And the new cage was also welcomed by the school's staff.

Devon Malcolm demonstrates how convenient the Johnjac cage is for a school playground. 
Pictures: Brian Purdy

Headteacher, Fiona Rickard, said: "I am a real cricket fan so it is fantastic for us to receive such a great piece of equipment, as well as get the

opportunity to meet Devon and

Jack.

"The cage will also be used by children at Upwell Primary School and we will make it available for after-school cricket training."

Johnjac Cricket Supplies manufacture a range of cages, covers and sightscreens for clubs at all levels of the sport.

Their cages are in use in the first class county grounds at Northants, Leicestershire and Durham and, as featured in the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard in July, the company has even exported equipment to the Caribbean.

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