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Hundreds of pupils at schools in South Tyneside have been using lego and computers to build Robo Cricketers thanks to the Port of Tyne's support of Durham County Cricket Club's (DCCC) Community Foundation programme.

Classes of children aged between eight and 10 at Hadrian Primary School, Mortimer Primary School and St Oswald's Primary School, all in South Shields, have taken part in workshops run by the Foundation's education team. They used technology to design and programme robots to mimic cricket actions and were set challenges to make the robots run between the stumps, bat and bowl.

As part of the project, schoolchildren will visit Port of Tyne next year to find out more about the business and its operations and take part in more robotic activities. As well as sponsoring the club's shirts for their recent winning Royal London One-Day Cup League, the Port of Tyne is supporting DCCC's successful outreach education programme through its Foundation.

In the last year alone the Foundation has worked with over 3,000 young people aged five to 18 from over 50 schools across the region.

Sally Landon, Teacher at DCCF's Learning Beyond the Boundary programme, said: "The children have loved the Robo project we have created in partnership with the Port of Tyne. Their support enables young people to get involved in a really unique educational experience that introduces them to new and fun skills that tie in with the core curriculum. A visit to the Port of Tyne next year will be a great addition to the project and the children will be able to take part in more exciting workshops relating to the work that goes on there."

Port of Tyne has been a partner of Durham County Cricket Foundation for three years and has supported the Foundation's education activity, particularly working with schools in areas surrounding the Port.

Andrew Moffat, CEO at the Port of Tyne, said: "We are delighted that so many school pupils in the surrounding area have benefitted from our partnership with DCCC. It's great to support the Cricket Club on its way to successes like the Royal London One Day Cup, but providing opportunities for young people to be inspired and motivated through the innovative projects run by the Foundation is invaluable."

Using the power of sport Durham County Cricket Foundation aims to provide inspiration, motivation, raised self-esteem, and has already had an immeasurable impact of thousands of people in the North East. The Foundation will continue to work with the Port of Tyne giving young people in the region an exciting learning experience.

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