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COMMUNITY: Southern Water Ashes returns for the new season


The Southern Water Ashes returns this year, with the Launch Event taking place recently at Hertford Junior School in Brighton, as the Sussex Community Coaches and the ever-popular Sid the Shark were in attendance, along with Southern Water’s very own ‘Mr Drink-it’.

The Community Roadshow will be visiting eight schools across the South Coast between Rottingdean and Portslade, with the aim of the tour to promote the message of hydration in cricket and water saving, along with how to become more efficient with water in school and at home.

Each student’s aim during the roadshow is to build up as many points as possible in their quest to be one of the top five points scorers at their school. This earned a "golden ticket" invitation down to The County Ground, Hove, to compete against all the other ticket winners for the right to take home the ‘Ashes Urn’.

Every school involved in the scheme has or will receive an assembly presentation, highlighting the importance of water efficiency and hydration, including a fun, practical catching competition between two teachers. All children are given a Southern Water comic book and 7-day water diary.

They also get the chance to take part in the practical part of their roadshow themselves where the Year 5 and 6 children are challenged with cricket-based activities.

Andy Shaddick, Southern Water’s Public Affairs Manager said, “We are delighted to again be running the Southern Water Ashes with local schools. As part of our Sporting Chance programme this partnership with Sussex Cricket teaches children the importance of staying hydrated during exercise while being put through their paces by these professional coaches.”

Matt Parsons, Sussex Cricket Board’s Community Coach said, “The cricketing reason behind the event is to bring simple, slightly different and interactive cricket activities to the schools and generate as much interest in this year’s Ashes series as possible.

“We’re of course very grateful to Southern Water for supporting the event as such a scheme wouldn’t have been possible without their sponsorship”.

The final takes place on Saturday 27th April in the Farnrise Indoor School at Hove between 12.00pm and 3.00pm.

Image: Youngsters at Hertford Junior School enjoy the company of Sid the Shark and Mr Drink-It as the Southern Water Ashes Roadshow begins

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