Cricketing superstar Kevin Pietersen came to Somerset last Friday to run a series of masterclasses for Wellington School pupils and aspiring cricketers from around the region.
Over 100 students took part in practical exercises and hands-on batting and bowling applications and heard KP speak about his experiences. The controversial star was accompanied by a team of professional Australian cricketers to support his training.
In the morning, younger pupils enjoyed the sessions, and the afternoon was a longer, more intensive experience for older cricketers.
In the evening, Pietersen hosted a dinner in Great Hall for 150 parents and friends at which he answered questions and spoke candidly about his career.
There was then an auction of Kevin Pietersen cricketing memorabilia and autographs were signed and photos taken with the guests.
“Kevin proved to be an engaging speaker and a polite and attentive host for the evening,” said Claire Smith, the school’s marketing and admissions director.
All the money raised throughout the day will go to for Pietersen’s charity, the KP24 Foundation. This aims to support underprivileged children around the globe to have a better chance in sport and in life.
“We are delighted that Kevin was prepared to spend so much time with our pupils and their families,” commented Steffan Jones, Wellington School’s new Head of Sports Performance and Wellbeing.
Steffan, a former Somerset CCC cricketer, added: “To meet such an important sporting figure and to work directly with him gives our pupils something to aspire to and real sense of what is possible.”
This evening Steffan tweeted The Incider to say: “The youngsters haven’t stopped talking about it all week. Left a massive positive impression. #LEGACY”