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England players back Sport for Life!

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England players took some time away from their World Twenty20 preparations to deliver some coaching tips to schoolchildren in the Caribbean.

In support of the Sport for Life! programme, Luke Wright, Ryan Sidebottom and James Tredwell took a coaching session and tested their Kwik Cricket skills against local youngsters in Barbados.

The ECB has been a long-term supporter of the programme, which combines sport, education and healthy lifestyle training to inspire children and young people from poorer backgrounds.

During the 2009 tour of the West Indies members of the team visited the programme in Trinidad, Barbados and St Lucia.

And the England players were delighted to get the opportunity to support the iniative once again.

Wright said: “All England players are proud supporters of Sport for Life! as it's a very important and relevant programme.

“We would encourage further support for an initiative like Sport for Life! because it ensures education and sport work together in the best possible way.”

Sidebottom added: "As England cricketers we firmly believe it's important to use the profile of the sport to support and raise awareness for programmes like Sport for Life!.

"Sport can be a terrific means of enhancing a child's life and can work hand in hand with the values of education."

The programme - chosen by the ICC as its social legacy partner for the World Twenty20 - is based at the principal sports stadiums in the countries where it operates, with outreach to local schools and communities.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The project is able to help children raise their literacy and numeracy standards by motivating them to learn in an innovative classroom environment.

“It also provides young people with important advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle and protect themselves from HIV.”