England cricket star visits sports camp

24 Jul 2009 12:29:00.000

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The Ashes ’05 winning cricket captain, Michael Vaughan, will be bowling over some lucky young cricketers at a popular Sports Camp hosted by The University of Nottingham next week.

Michael will be passing on his experience and skills to the next generation of cricketers at the Michael Vaughan Cricket Camp, part of the Kings Sports Camps which take place every Easter and summer holidays at the Sports Centre on University Park. The star sportsman will be visiting the event on Tuesday July 28 from 1 – 2.30pm. 

The Sports Camps are organized by the King's Foundation, a registered Christian educational charity dedicated to working with children and young people through sport, to become responsible members of society. As well as organising the largest networks of children's activity day camps in the UK and Africa, the Foundation works with children and young people in greatest need in both the UK and in the developing world.

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The 5 day Cricket Camp uses fun games like ‘Newspaper Bowl’ and ‘Throwing Football’ to bring a new perspective on traditional cricket skills. Each day follows a great cricketing nation with games like ‘Warne around the wicket’ on Aussie day and ‘Go Calypso’ on West Indies day and even ‘Splash Cricket’ on England day!


Michael said “To continue to win series like the Ashes, it’s essential that we bring on the next generation of cricketers. That needs children enjoying cricket at all levels and it’s programmes like MVC which draw children into the sport by using fun, games and competitions alongside skills and technique based coaching.”


The programme works alongside the recent £37million commitment made by the England and Wales Cricket Board to get more children playing cricket at the grass roots level. It is also a contribution to Sport England’s goal for every child to do five hours sport per week. The five-day camps are designed to introduce boys and girls from all communities to the game by using age-specific programmes that enable children as young as five to start playing cricket and more importantly, continue to play cricket afterwards.


The University’s Deputy Director of Physical Education and Sport, Diane Hardwick, said: “We’re proud to be hosting the Kings Sports Camps again this year. It’s a great opportunity for the university to share its top-class sports facilities with young people from the city and county. And it gives some of our students who work at the camp the chance to put something back into the local community. The events are really popular and offer a wide variety of activities, from swimming and trampolining to short tennis, football and of course, top cricket coaching. We’re thrilled Michael Vaughan is joining us this year, the young cricketers are so excited to meet him!”


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Notes to Editors

Michael will visit the camp at 1pm on Tuesday July 28.

Address: The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Michael will be available for photos and interviews.


More information about the programme can be found on the attached information and at:



Library photos of Michael and children at MVC can be downloaded from:



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More information is available from Lucy Roberts at The Kings Foundation on +44 (0)845 4757 623 or lucy.roberts@kingsfoundation.org

Emma Rayner - Media Relations Manager

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