IT was a case of “I don’t like cricket, I love it!” when a former pupil visited St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf in West Yorkshire recently.
The students at the school were “bowled over” when Henry Wainman, who attended the school from the age of three until he left after Sixth Form, came along to hold a special cricket coaching event.
Henry, who was born deaf, is a successful cricketer playing for the England Deaf Cricket Team as well as coaching at his local club Bardsey Cricket Club.
He was joined by Chris Schofield of England Cricket Association of the Deaf and the England Cricket Board and between them they held a range of sessions with pupils throughout the school to help them learn basic cricketing skills and hone their talents in batting and bowling.
The visit was part of the ECB drive to encourage more deaf children to take up cricket.
Henry said: “It’s great to be back at St John’s. I have really happy memories of my time here. The school really helped me with my speech and communication and I really enjoyed my time here.
“We’ve had a great day working with the children on their cricket skills, they’ve been really enthusiastic and shown great skills!”
Kate Pirie, Head of PE at St John’s, said: “Our students take part in lots of sports, but this was our first cricket session. The pupils loved learning the new skills and it was great for them to see Henry and his success in the sport.”