Cricket legend returns to Sheffield school

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan paases on some batting tips to Silverdale School pupils, from left, Hannah Carlile, Eve Sharman, Sophie Gledstone, all aged 15, Jannat Latif, 14, Millie Skinner, 15, and Serosh Khan, 13.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan paases on some batting tips to Silverdale School pupils, from left, Hannah Carlile, Eve Sharman, Sophie Gledstone, all aged 15, Jannat Latif, 14, Millie Skinner, 15, and Serosh Khan, 13.
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KEEP your eye on the ball, move your feet and keep a straight bat – do that, practise hard and one day you could captain England.

That’s precisely what happened to Sheffield’s Michael Vaughan who captained his country to an Ashes win over Australia in 2005.

So who better to ask to undertake a spot of coaching to some of the city’s next generation of cricketers?

Michael’s former school Silverdale is part of the ‘Chance to Shine’ programme which links cricket clubs to schools to help keep the game alive.

The former Yorkshire star took part in a coaching session for Year 10 girls including batting against a bowling machine and diving catches on to crash mats.

The Silverdale girls’ team, which will be representing the school in a North of England cricket tournament final, showed off their impressive catching and batting skills.

Pupils also gave him some cycling tips ahead of his charity bike ride in September in aid of Chance to Shine and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Michael is looking for 50 cyclists to join him and other celebrities including British gymnast Louis Smith, ex -England spinner Phil Tufnell and Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton on the first leg to Old Trafford. .

Silverdale PE teacher, Paul Bradshaw said: “The visit by Michael was awesome. He has a wonderful knack of making the children and teachers feel like the celebrities, not him.

“The children were in awe of meeting a former England legend.”

n Log on to www.laureus.com/michaelvaughanodibikeride for more details.