Schoolchildren in Chorley got an extra special visitor this week as part of Chorley Council’s drive to get more young people participating in sport.
To cheers of delight Lancashire County Cricket Club’s mascot Lanky the Giraffe was the surprise guest at St Gregory’s Primary School as the council put on fun cricketing sessions for the children.
The cricket coaching is one of just dozens the authority has been putting on for local schools and ‘Lanky’ made a few new friends on Thursday.
Coun John Walker, who is responsible for the young people’s activities at Chorley Council, said: “Getting schoolchildren involved in sport and physical activity is really important to us.
“If we can get youngsters to get into the habit of regular exercise it helps ensure that they lead healthy lifestyles as they grow older.
“To get Lanky was a real bonus and it certainly added to the fun factor for the children.”
The cricket coaching involved teaching the children about the different elements of the game such as batting, bowling and fielding as well as getting them out to exercise with their friends.
“Exercise can be lots of fun and we have a whole host of activities for children throughout the year not just in the school holidays,” said Coun Walker.
“If you want to find out more call the council on 01257 515151 or visit www.chorley.gov.uk/getupandgo.”