Kevin Pietersen was in Wellington on Friday coaching and inspiring local young cricketers. His England career may be over but KP generated huge excitement amongst over 100 youngsters who took part in practical exercises and hands-on batting and bowling in the Princess Elizabeth sports centre.
Pietersen was the guest of Wellington School which organised the day. He 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, Kevin 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.
All the money raised throughout the day will go to for Kevin Pietersen’s charity KP24 Foundation. This aims to support underprivileged children around the globe to have a better chance in sport and in life.
“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,” commented ex-Somerset CCC cricketer Steffan Jones, now a senior staff member at Wellington School.