KP of­fers to coach UK schools

The Star Early Edition - - CRICKET -

FOR­MER Eng­land bats­man Kevin Pi­etersen took to Twit­ter yes­ter­day to of­fer his ser­vices as a coach to Bri­tish schools after ex­press­ing con­cern about fall­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els. The Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) pub­lished the re­sults of their Na­tional Play­ing Survey on Wed­nes­day, which re­vealed a seven per­cent de­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion among chil­dren aged 14 and un­der. Mean­while, to­tal play­ing num­bers fell from 908 000 to 844 000 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous sea­son. “Any school cricket coaches or after school clubs do­ing win­ter train­ing, tweet me and I’ll pick a cou­ple next week to join you...?” Pi­etersen, Eng­land’s all-time lead­ing run-scorer, wrote on Twit­ter. “Been off Twit­ter for a while, but couldn’t stay off when I heard about to­day’s an­nounce­ment – re-drop off in cricket par­tic­i­pa­tion over here. “We’ve got a fan­tas­tic pool of tal­ent here in UK and thought of kids drop­ping out and not ful­fill­ing po­ten­tial is fright­en­ing and needs chang­ing. We need to en­cour­age peo­ple of all ages to take part. #ILoveCricket.”

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