Mary Immaculate pupils in the SWALEC spotlight

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

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Ten pupils from Mary Immaculate High School were recently chosen as mascots for the England v New Zealand match at this year’s ICC Champions Trophy tournament, which took place in Cardiff city’s SSE SWALEC Stadium last week.

Mary Immaculate High School was approached to take part in the match following the school’s longstanding relationship with SSE SWALEC Stadium, with many of their extra-curricular activities often taking place there.

The lucky year-7 students were not only given the opportunity to lead both teams out onto the pitch and past the ICC trophy, but also to play a few games of Kwick cricket during the interval.

Despite the large crowd turnout which contained thousands of international cricket fans, the boys soon overcame their nerves and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and showing off their skills.

Lindrus Rodrigues, a pupil at Mary Immaculate High School who was chosen to be a mascot, said: “It was a brilliant day. I was nervous before we walked out with the teams but once we were out there the atmosphere was great.

“We were able to show off our cricket skills at the interval which was also really good and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. The stadium was amazing.”

The individual students were picked as a reward for their efforts shown in PE, as well as their ability in cricket and baseball.

Mr Maguire and Miss Browning, teachers at Mary Immaculate said: “What a great experience for the boys, not only leading two international teams out, but then actually playing in front of what was a nearly packed stadium. It was a fantastic occasion and really does put Mary Immaculate on the map!”

Phoebe Davies

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