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Ashes winners Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann and Notts CC captain, Chris Read, discussed everything from the new England captain and the IPL to Nottinghamshire CC’s hopes for the 2017 season as they inspired students and guests at the annual Trent College Sporting Dinner.
The trio, with compere BBC Test Match Special’s Charles Dagnall asking the questions, provided a fascinating insight into their thoughts on all the hot topics in world cricket as £6,000 was raised for the evening’s two nominated charities, The Broad Appeal for the MND Association and Trent College's Kenya Schools Partnership.
With a number of Trent College’s brightest sporting talents in attendance, Broad, Swann and Read also revealed some of the lessons they learnt as they established themselves as top class players, and shared their advice for younger players trying to make a way in both cricket and other top level sports.
Sarah Glenn, a member of both the England women’s cricket Academy and England Hockey U18 squad, was one of those Trent College students listening intently.
She said: “The anecdotes were very relevant to me as a young cricketer and I was particularly taken by Graeme Swann's advice of playing sport with a smile of your face and taking each game, whatever the occasion, as just an ordinary game, on any pitch with a ball and a group of friends, where you are trying to enjoy yourself.”
The Broad Appeal was set up by Stuart, his ex-England cricketer father, Chris and sister Gemma to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease in memory of Chris’ late wife, and the siblings’ stepmother, Miche, who had battled the disease.
Stuart said: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with the perfect balance between entertainment and raising awareness of some charities. We’re very proud at The Broad Appeal that we are so generously supported by the county of Nottinghamshire and a special thank you to Trent College for hosting.”
Trent College's Kenya School's Partnership works with both Gowan Mount View Academy and Nyacaba Primary School in the village of Thika, 30 miles from Nairobi.
This year a new kitchen, supported by Trent College fundraising, will become operational at Nyacaba as part of a plan for every pupil to get a drink of porridge to give them the energy they need to achieve to the best of their ability at school. Other projects include laying a concrete floor and raising funds for necessities such as desks and chairs to help pupils get a good education and a better start in life.
As well as an auction, raffle and fun table games, the evening was sponsored by Crockers Marquees and supported by bespoke bat makers, B3 Cricket, Thorntons and DFS, who provided the sofa for the Q&A, which was also auctioned off in aid of the two charities.